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Basic Steps to Promote Biorefinery Value Chains in Forestry in Italy

Centro Studi Alpino (CSALP), Department of Innovation in Biological, Agri-Food and Forestry Systems (DIBAF), University of Tuscia, Via Rovigo 7, 38050 Pieve Tesino, TN, Italy
Research Centre for Forestry and Wood (CREA), Piazza Nicolini 6, 38123 Trento, TN, Italy
Haute École D’ingénierie et D’architecture de Fribourg, Boulevard de Pérolles 80, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering, Technische Universität Wien (AT), 1060 Vienna, Austria
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Academic Editor: Athanasios Angelis Dimakis
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11731;
Received: 18 September 2021 / Revised: 12 October 2021 / Accepted: 20 October 2021 / Published: 23 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Industrial Systems—from Theory to Practice)
Biorefineries are an important pillar to conduct the transition toward a circular bioeconomy. Forestry value chains produce wood biomass from harvesting and processing residues that have potential to be used in biorefineries, but currently, these residues are mostly used for energy generation. New biorefineries and new methodologies of wood fractionation allow the production of high value-added products based on carbohydrates and lignin. However, biorefineries based on lignocellulosic feedstock are still few in European countries and even less in Italy. The present study analyses the processes involved in a scenario of establishment of forest biorefineries, reviewing the main components and the actual organization of forestry value chains in Italy. The aim is to have a general vision, to identify and to focus the possibilities of the actual value chains and to fill gaps. The development of the territories is thought of in a perspective of a broader repertoire and more branched value chains than simple energy-generation end use, reviewing the tool for a feasibility study that could potentially involve lignocellulosic biorefineries also based on forest-wood industry feedstocks. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-feedstock biorefinery; Trentino; biomass supply; ecological transition multi-feedstock biorefinery; Trentino; biomass supply; ecological transition
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Tamantini, S.; Del Lungo, A.; Romagnoli, M.; Paletto, A.; Keller, M.; Bersier, J.; Zikeli, F. Basic Steps to Promote Biorefinery Value Chains in Forestry in Italy. Sustainability 2021, 13, 11731.

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Tamantini S, Del Lungo A, Romagnoli M, Paletto A, Keller M, Bersier J, Zikeli F. Basic Steps to Promote Biorefinery Value Chains in Forestry in Italy. Sustainability. 2021; 13(21):11731.

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Tamantini, Swati, Alberto Del Lungo, Manuela Romagnoli, Alessandro Paletto, Michael Keller, Jacques Bersier, and Florian Zikeli. 2021. "Basic Steps to Promote Biorefinery Value Chains in Forestry in Italy" Sustainability 13, no. 21: 11731.

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