Special Issue "Forest-Based Bioenergy and Bioeconomy"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022 | Viewed by 218

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Raju Pokharel
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Guest Editor
Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, Natural Resources Building, Room 208A, 480 Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Interests: forest biomass usage; circular bioeconomy
Dr. Rajan Parajuli
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Guest Editor
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Interests: forest products market modeling; natural resource policy; economic impact and contribution analysis; timberland investment and valuation; non-industrial private forest landowners; development economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests have become increasingly important in renewable energy production and economic development, particularly in rural communities. Energy production from woody biomass has increased greatly to meet the global demand for renewable energy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Logging residues, slash, and low-value wood without a market are a challenges for landowners, incurring disposal costs or increasing the risk of forest fires and health issues. In many cases, markets for pulpwood and other low-value woods would enhance active forest management, improving forest health and creating additional economic returns for landowners. This would also generate economic activities in rural areas, bringing investment and technology. In addition to domestic and small-scale uses, the production of industrial wood pellets in the southern United States for overseas exports has grown considerably in recent decades. Bioenergy systems are also crucial for meeting the climate change mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement. Therefore, economic studies of biomass-based bioenergy are important for developing a circular bioeconomy and moving towards sustainable energy. The dynamic nature of forest management, particularly in the sustainable supply of biomass for bioenergy, needs to be better understood. This Special Issue aims to present scientific findings on wood-based bioenergy systems and their contribution to the local, regional, and national bioeconomy. We encourage studies from the fields of social economics, management, techno-economics, and policy analysis, including case studies, novel approaches, and regional to global models, in order to promote knowledge and strategies in the sustainable use of forest biomass for renewable energy and bioeconomy.

Dr. Raju Pokharel
Dr. Rajan Parajuli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • forest biomass
  • bioenergy
  • forest products
  • wood pellets
  • biofuels
  • biochar
  • mass timber
  • wood-based emerging markets
  • circular economy
  • forest management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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