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Opportunities, barriers, and strategies for forest bioenergy and bio-based product development in the Southern United States

Opportunities, barriers, and strategies for forest bioenergy and bio-based product development in the Southern United States

Biomass and Bioenergy 31(9): 631-637

Focus groups were used to identify opportunities, barriers, and strategies for increased utilization of forest biomass in the Southern United States. The groups were based on the seven critical components in the bioenergy and bio-based products value chain, as identified by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 31 "Biomass Production for Energy from Sustainable Forestry." These components include sustainable biomass production, sustainable forest operations, product delivery logistics, manufacturing and energy production, environmental sustainability, consumer demand, and rural economic development. Participants included handpicked experts from each of the seven component areas. Six common themes emerged from the focus groups. Market creation, infrastructure development, community engagement, incentives, collaboration, and education will all be critical to the successful development of the biomass industry. The forest industry, the energy industry, academia, extension personnel, and rural communities should collaborate together to support research, policy issues, and educational programs that enhance the efficiency of current forest biomass operations and promote the use of forest biomass for bioenergy.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2007.06.021

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