Session 3: Assessing sustainability in forestry, agriculture and related bioenergy systems

The needs of a growing world population and changing societal demands have increased the pressures on forests and agricultural systems. Intensified forest management practices and increasing agricultural productivity have raised concerns about the maintenance of biodiversity and the future provisioning of various ecosystem services. At the same time, climate change itself is impacting on agricultural and forestry systems, and adaptation strategies may be in conflict with other emerging policies aimed at strengthening a bio-based economy. In the past, land productivity was the key parameter to assess sustainability. New societal and policy needs have broadened the context and now include a multitude of stakeholder interests regarding economic, social, environmental, and cultural aspects in various interacting time scales and in different spatial contexts. These developments have triggered the need to enhance our understanding of the sustainable use of land resources and related production chains and to design sustainability assessment schemes to evaluate the likely impacts of policy and management scenarios.

The session was chaired by Ottar Michelsen, Senior Adviser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The presentations at the session were the following:



Presentation title

Presentation (15 min.) / Speed talk (1 min.)

Hannes Böttcher

Senior Researcher at

Energy and Climate Division,

Öko-Institut, Germany

Assessing direct and indirect environmental impacts of alternative EU bioenergy policy scenarios


Tommi Suominen

Software Development Team Leader at European Forest Institute, Finland

An application of ToSIA for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of biomass utilisation in alternative forest-based value chains


Jakob Hildebrandt

PhD-Candidate at Department of Bioenergy, The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany

Overriding goals for achieving multi-stakeholder benefits in a wood-based Bioeconomy region: Insights from the development of a MCDA tool


Leire Iriarte

Research Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS), Spain

Approach to evaluating sustainability of lignocellulosic biomass delivery pathways within the S2BIOM project


Martha Demertzi

Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aviero, Portugal

Carbon footprint of the cork oak sector


Qianyu Li

Researcher at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Evaluating land use impacts on bioproductive land depletion in life cycle assessment


Heather Davidson

Researcher at theTechnological Institute for Forest Cellulose, Construction-wood and Furniture (FCBA), France

Assessing business sustainability practices: Methodological guidance in simplifying LCA and evaluating triple bottom line principles using parametric modelling


Alexandra Langner

Researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

Value-based trade-offs between ecosystem services from European mountain forests


Jakob Hildebrandt

PhD-Candidate at Department of Bioenergy, The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany

Developing a LCA approach to assess wood-based production system in a bioeconomy region in Germany

Speed talk

Salvatore Martire

Researcher at the European Forest Institute, Finland

A widely usable framework to calculate indicators for sustainability assessment of bio-based supply chains

Speed talk

Oludunsin Arodudu

Researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany

Sustainability assessment of agro-bioenergy land use: a combined life cycle-participatory approach

Speed talk

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