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EUBCE 2021 - Andrew WELFLE - Introducing the Bioenergy Sustainability Indicator Model: A Framework for Assessing the Environmental, Economic & Social Sustainability Performances of Bioenergy

Introducing the Bioenergy Sustainability Indicator Model: A Framework for Assessing the Environmental, Economic & Social Sustainability Performances of Bioenergy

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Introducing the Bioenergy Sustainability Indicator Model: A Framework for Assessing the Environmental, Economic & Social Sustainability Performances of Bioenergy

Short Introductive summary

As the scale of bioenergy increases and ever more complex bioenergy schemes and feedstock supply chains are planned and established, there is a key repeating question – is it sustainable? Bioenergy is a complex mix of technologies and activities and assessing its sustainability within different contexts can be equally complex – in reality sustainability is a balance of tradeoffs. The UK’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub (SBH) have developed a new Bioenergy Sustainability Indicator Model (BSIM) to provide a flexible research tool to assess and compare the sustainability performances of bioenergy systems, feedstock, technologies and supply chains. The BSIM includes 104 sustainability issues that are structured within a framework of 33 sustainability indicators, 14 sustainability themes and 4 overarching sustainability categories – People, Development, Natural Systems and Climate Change. This presentation will introduce the BSIM and will provide sustainability assessment results for a number of the SBH’s specific bioenergy case studies.

Presenter

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Andrew WELFLE

University of Manchester, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Resarch

Presenter's biography

Andrew Welfle is a Research Fellow within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester UK. Andrew’s research interests are biomass resource modelling, sustainability, the global trade of biomass trade for energy end uses, the GHG performance of bioenergy.

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Co-authors:

P Thornley, Aston University, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
A Welfle, University of Manchester, Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
M Roder, Aston University, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM

Session reference: DP.1.2