Potential Environmental Impacts and Water Consumption of Populus Spp. Bioenergy Systems in Southern Europe

E. Sevine, C.M. Gasol, F. Brun, L. Rovira, J.M. Pagés, F. Camps, J. Rieradevall, F. Castells, I. Butnar & X. Gabarell
Objective of the study is to assess water consumption, energy and environmental performance of an experimental plantation of Populus spp. in short rotation forestry (SRF). The plantation is located in Girona, in north­eastern Spain, and covers an area of 1 ha and has been managed with two different scenarios, with a low density and a high density model. The evapotranspitation for two years of Populus spp. cultivation is 8,875 m3 ha-1 and the water 3...