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An assessment of the environmental impact of management options for waste wood - WR1209

Description
The project aims to provide an assessment of the environmental impacts of possible management options for waste wood across the lifecycle of the processes and end products; and the practicality of such options in the light of current arrangements and available processing facilities.

Studies have indicated that the bio-energy potential of waste wood is substantially underutilised in current waste wood management routes. This study will not only identify sustainably optimal routes in the current systems, but will also seek to identify new or lesser used management routes that may be more environmentally sustainable, yet under-used due to technical or commercial barriers.

Tasks within the project will achieve five main objectives:

1. Establish the Business as Usual (BAU) scenario
2. Identify a range of waste wood management routes
3. Identify the more sustainable routes
4. Outline the practical and commercial issues associated with the more sustainable routes
5. Assess various scenarios of waste wood management options for the future
Objective
Aim

To assess the environmental impacts of possible management options for waste wood across the lifecycle of the processes and end products; and the practicality of such options in the light of current arrangements and available processing facilities.

Phase 1: Sustainability Assessment
Objective 1. Establish the Business As Usual (BAU) scenario
Task A: Review of available data and current practices
Objective 2. Identify a range of waste wood management routes
Task B: Identify and plot known management routes
Objective 3. Identify the more sustainable routes
Task C: Streamlined LCA assessment
Phase 2: Technical and Economic Assessment

Objective 4. Outline the practical and commercial issues associated with the more sustainable routes
Task D: Technical and Practical Issues
Task E: Commercial and Economic Issues
Task F: Determine the extent of the issues using data on National arisings of waste wood
Objective 5. Assess various scenarios of waste wood management options for the future
Task G: Determine availability of WID-compliant plants
Task H: Scenario analysis of fuel mixes

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WR1209 Final report 23 July2012   (574k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 1 Task A Report vfinal - PRINT READY   (1087k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 2 Task B Report vfinal - PRINT READY   (1249k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 3 Task C Report vfinal - PRINT READY   (740k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 4 Tasks D-G report vfinal - PRINT READY   (1145k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 5 AEA Task H report vfinal - PRINT READY   (1401k)
• ANX - Annex : Task B Appendix 1 Waste Route Map A3 version - PRINT READY   (146k)
• ANX - Annex : Task C Appendix 1 LCA flow diagrams - PRINT READY   (51k)
• ANX - Annex : Task F Appendix 2 Issues Matrix vfinal - PRINT READY   (478k)
• ANX - Annex : Task G Appendix 1 Planned and Available WID Compliant Plant in the UK vfinal - PRINT READY   (200k)
• ANX - Annex : Task H Appendix 2 Waste Wood Flow Model - PRINT READY   (641k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2011

Cost: £106,070
Contractor / Funded Organisations
AEA Technology
Keywords
Economics              
Environmental Protection              
LCA-Life Cycle Assessment              
Renewable materials              
Resource efficient and resilient food chain              
Resource Protection              
Sustainable Resource Consumption and Management              
Understanding resource flows              
Waste              
Waste collection and handling systems              
Waste Management              
Wood