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Chudy, Rafal, 2011. European union wood biomass demand for energy purposes and its influence on U.S. southeastern forest market and carbon storage. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre



Energy supply combined with reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is a global concern.
The European Union (EU) has set an ambitious target to achieve 20% of energy sourced
from renewables by 2020. Biomass imports are likely to make an important contribution in
the EU’s renewable energy consumption. The Southeastern U.S. is considered as one of the
potential biomass import regions to the EU. The SubRegional Timber Supply Model (SRTS)
was used to observe market reaction on changes in woody biomass consumption. The
research area included Southeastern U.S and its coastal plain. The results from sensitivity
analyses demonstrate that neither percentage of biomass delivery to EU nor moisture content
of pellets significantly influence the wood market in the Southeastern United States.
Next, the results from modeled scenarios show that for both regions and under all projected
scenarios, price increases range from 25% up to 125%. Furthermore, the costs of EU imports
are very sensitive to U.S. domestic renewable energy policy which is uncertain. Under all
scenarios and for both the Southeast and coastal plain, carbon storage increased due to
positive market planting response among private forest owners compare to baseline scenario.
While low and medium scenarios were very similar in terms of impact on market behavior,
high scenarios for both SE U.S. and coastal States’ cause the biggest impact on wood
markets and natural resources in these regions.

Main title:European union wood biomass demand for energy purposes and its influence on U.S. southeastern forest market and carbon storage
Authors:Chudy, Rafal
Supervisor:Jonsson, Ragnar
Examiner:Sallnäs , Ola
Series:Master thesis / SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Volume/Sequential designation:184
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:SM001 Euroforester - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Keywords:pellets, international wood trade, southeastern U.S., EU, forest market
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Trade, marketing and distribution
Processing of forest products
Deposited On:14 Dec 2011 13:55
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:24

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