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Gewählte Publikation:

Wolfslehner, B; Huber, P; Lexer, MJ.
(2013): Smart use of small-diameter hardwood - A forestry-wood chain sustainability impact assessment in Austria
SCAND J FOREST RES. 2013; 28(2): 184-192. FullText FullText_BOKU

Small-diameter hardwood (SDH) in Austria is currently a mass input for energetic use (fuel wood, heat plants) and pulp production. Its use is non-selective and non-distinctive with regard to wood quality and potential for value generation. Sustainability impact assessment methodology is applied for the stages of forest management, harvest *** transport and wood processing *** industries to test alternative ways of SDH use with a higher share of material use. A higher amount of material use of SDH due to improved forest management, sorting, logistics and sawing techniques may lead to overall more sustainable wood-based value chains, including a more balanced benefit sharing and value creation within regions and rural areas, along sub-sectors as well as across sustainability dimensions, and to higher efficiency of wood consumption in terms of cascade use and carbon storage. Enhanced cooperatives in the forest-based sector and active support by coherent regional policies on the use of natural resources are needed to overcome obstacles such as insufficient wood mobilisation due to fragmented forest ownership, and supply chains that are non-integrated within and between forest-based sub-sectors.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Huber Patrick
Lexer Manfred Josef
Wolfslehner Bernhard

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