Environmental Implications of a Regional Extension of Wood Energy Production with Special Attention to Its Material Use in Wood Cascades

S.O. Gärtner, G. Reinhardt, G. Zipfel, F. Baur & B. Wern
Wood demand is rising and its production can only be extended to a certain degree. This requires a pri¬oritisation of wood use options. Therefore, the environmental aspects of using wood for energy production or as a material with and without cascading recycling steps of stepwise lower value are studied in a comprehensive life cycle assessment. The results show that under most conditions the environmental impacts are lower the more steps of mate¬rial use are performed...