Time dependent climate impacts in a life cycle perspective

One general objective of this work package will be to assess the time dynamic climate impact related to an increased production and utilization of fast growing broadleaves for bio-based products and bioenergy. Another objective will be to assess alternative system designs and management strategies to be able to provide decision support on climate optimized production and utilization chains, for a coming large-scale implementation. The assessment is planned to include both effects due to changed flows of Green house gases (GHG) and due to Albedo related effects.   

To assess the overall climate impact of a forest-based production chain, a system perspective will be applied where forest carbon stock changes, temporary carbon storage in wood products, value chain emissions, and avoided emissions from substitution are considered. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the most common method for assessing climate impact of a product or service throughout the whole lifespan, and a time dependent version of this methodology will be the base for the work.  

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