Availability of cellulosic residues and wastes in the EU

Published: 2013.10.22

Stephanie Searle and Chris Malins

Demand for renewable energy has grown in the European Union over recent years, with policy support through the Renewable Energy Directive, Fuel Quality Directive, and Emissions Trading Scheme. While global cellulosic biofuel production remains low compared to other biofuels, there is significant potential for sustainable energy from cellulosic biomass in the future.

This study aims to estimate the sustainable availability of certain cellulosic wastes and residues in the EU. The authors calculate the availability of the cellulosic fraction of waste, agricultural residues, and forestry residues, while considering current uses of these materials and the environmental impact of utilization.