Submitted by: Energie Steiermark AG in Kooperation mit der Landwirtschaftskammer Steiermark
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Biomass production via short rotation forestry
Biomass is not available in infinite quantities. In order to assure long-range utilization of biomass, the yield per hectare must be significantly increased. One possibility to achieve such an increase is to practice short rotation forestry. This is a form of agriculture that enables producing a large amount of usable biomass in a short time. Returning the wood ash to the site after harvesting ensures a complete material cycle. In 2007 the Chamber of Agriculture in Styria, together with Energie Steiermark, launched a project to develop and promote short rotation forestry in Styria. The project, extending until 2016, strives to achieve a harvest of over 20 tons of wood chips per hectare.