Sustainable forestry residue parameters
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Energy demand is growing and could potentially be aided by using more forestry products in energy production. One option is forestry residues, what remains on the field after tree harvest. The drivers of the theoretical and sustainable potential of forestry residues in five biomes (Boreal forest, Cool Conifer forest, Temperate Deciduous forest, Temperate Mixed forest and Warm Mixed forest) and two management types (Natural/semi-natural forests (or clearcut) and plantations) are discussed. Theoretical potential rests on both biome and management type. Aspects important for the calculations are branchiness, rotation length, production of roundwood, and residue production during thinning. For sustainable potential some residues should remain in the forest, at least 10 tonnes/ha during harvest and all foliage. Using these variables the two potentials were calculated for the biome and management combinations. Plantations produce more residues than clearcut, both in the theoretical as in the sustainable potential. The Warm Mixed forest produces the least residues in both potentials.