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Assessing land availability to produce biomass for energy : The case of brazilian charcoal for steelmaking

Piketty M.G., Wichert M., Fallot A., Aimola L.. 2009. Biomass and Bioenergy, 33 (2) : p. 180-190.

The paper discusses the availability of biomass in Brazil to supply charcoal to the steel industry on the bases of an initial global assessment of land potentially available for plantations and of Brazilian data that allows refining the assessment and specifying the issue of practical availability. Technical potentials are first assessed through a series of simple rules against direct competition with agriculture, forests and protected areas, and of quantitative criteria, whether geo-climatic (rainfall), demographic (population density) or legal (reserves). Institutional, social and economic factors are then identified and discussed so as to account for the practical availability of Brazilian biomass through six criteria. The ranking of nine Brazilian States according to these criteria brings out the necessary trade-offs in the selection of land for plantations that would efficiently supply charcoal to the steel industry. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : plantation forestière; biomasse; utilisation des terres; charbon de bois; brésil

Thématique : Sources d'énergie renouvelable; Production forestière

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