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Towards Sustainable Utilization of Biomass: Technical Assessment, Multi-criteria Decision Analysis, System Optimization and Policy Incentives

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Bioenergy (i.e., bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas) produced from biomass is an alternative energy source to fossil fuels. Every year, a large amount of biomass waste is generated globally from agriculture planting, forestry and animal husbandry, which can lead to serious societal and environmental problems, if handled inappropriately. The multiple uses of biomass has shown to be effective in offsetting climate change, energy security worries and unsustainable resource depletion. Advances in biomass technology has proved effective in making this more achievable.

This Research Topic aims to identify the sustainability of biomass utilization technology by using environmental, economic and social sustainability assessments, including life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, social life cycle assessment, life cycle sustainability assessment, ecological /carbon footprint, and energy analysis. Our goal is to identify the differences in biomass utilization technologies, including technologies comparison from different perspectives (i.e., environmental, economic, technological and social dimensions), and process optimization (i.e., research on the logistics mode of biomass collection, storage and transportation and optimization of site selection).

In this special collection, we wish to collect contributions that:
• Prioritize sustainable biomass utilization technologies by using assessment methods and multi-criteria decision-making methods.
• Optimize the biomass utilization system, including the coordinated development and scenario analysis of biomass/bioenergy supply chain.
• Analyze the potential of biomass energy utilization, including biogas production, biodiesel production, power generation, production of heat, pyrolysis, and the production of biomass charcoal/biochar.
• Analyze the coupling of regional bioenergy industry and utilization technology, including distribution of biomass resources and the impact of biomass utilization on regional economic development.
• Identify the policy factors that hinder the sustainable utilization of biomass, including regulation/policy analysis, the application of operations management methods and policy research on biomass utilization.
• Evaluate advanced biomass technologies such as gasification, combined heat and power, pyrolysis and poly-generation.

The welcomed article types include but are not limited to Data Reports, General Commentaries, Methods, Original Research, Perspectives, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Briefs, Reviews.


Keywords: biomass utilization, sustainability, system optimization, bioenergy policy, biomass supply chain, life cycle assessment


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Bioenergy (i.e., bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas) produced from biomass is an alternative energy source to fossil fuels. Every year, a large amount of biomass waste is generated globally from agriculture planting, forestry and animal husbandry, which can lead to serious societal and environmental problems, if handled inappropriately. The multiple uses of biomass has shown to be effective in offsetting climate change, energy security worries and unsustainable resource depletion. Advances in biomass technology has proved effective in making this more achievable.

This Research Topic aims to identify the sustainability of biomass utilization technology by using environmental, economic and social sustainability assessments, including life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, social life cycle assessment, life cycle sustainability assessment, ecological /carbon footprint, and energy analysis. Our goal is to identify the differences in biomass utilization technologies, including technologies comparison from different perspectives (i.e., environmental, economic, technological and social dimensions), and process optimization (i.e., research on the logistics mode of biomass collection, storage and transportation and optimization of site selection).

In this special collection, we wish to collect contributions that:
• Prioritize sustainable biomass utilization technologies by using assessment methods and multi-criteria decision-making methods.
• Optimize the biomass utilization system, including the coordinated development and scenario analysis of biomass/bioenergy supply chain.
• Analyze the potential of biomass energy utilization, including biogas production, biodiesel production, power generation, production of heat, pyrolysis, and the production of biomass charcoal/biochar.
• Analyze the coupling of regional bioenergy industry and utilization technology, including distribution of biomass resources and the impact of biomass utilization on regional economic development.
• Identify the policy factors that hinder the sustainable utilization of biomass, including regulation/policy analysis, the application of operations management methods and policy research on biomass utilization.
• Evaluate advanced biomass technologies such as gasification, combined heat and power, pyrolysis and poly-generation.

The welcomed article types include but are not limited to Data Reports, General Commentaries, Methods, Original Research, Perspectives, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Briefs, Reviews.


Keywords: biomass utilization, sustainability, system optimization, bioenergy policy, biomass supply chain, life cycle assessment


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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25 November 2020 Abstract
01 April 2021 Manuscript

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25 November 2020 Abstract
01 April 2021 Manuscript

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