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Title: Comment on ‘Does replacing coal with wood lower CO 2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy’

Abstract

The use of wood for bioenergy production results in a worse climate outcome than from using coal. However, many of the assumptions on which their primary wood bioenergy scenario is based are not realistic and therefore are not informative. Assumptions of uncharacteristically long rotations for southern pine plantations, no utilization of wood for longer-duration products, and a single harvest over 100 years understate the carbon performance of current forest management practices. We provide references that support realistic modeling of forest carbon dynamics that are reflective of current practice and therefore more informative.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4];  [5]; ORCiD logo [6];  [7];  [8];  [8]
  1. NCASI, Roanoke, VA (United States)
  2. NCASI, Montreal, QC (Canada)
  3. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  4. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  5. NCASI, Cary, NC (United States)
  6. Utrecht Univ., Utrecht (Netherlands)
  7. CORRIM - The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials, Corvalis, OR (United States)
  8. SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
OSTI Identifier:
1492519
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-72297
Journal ID: ISSN 1748-9326
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Environmental Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 13; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 1748-9326
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; biomass energy; forest management; CO2 emissions

Citation Formats

Prisley, Stephen P., Gaudreault, Caroline, Lamers, Patrick, Stewart, William, Miner, Reid, Junginger, H. M., Oneil, Elaine, Malmsheimer, Robert, and Volk, Timothy A. Comment on ‘Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy’. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaf203.
Prisley, Stephen P., Gaudreault, Caroline, Lamers, Patrick, Stewart, William, Miner, Reid, Junginger, H. M., Oneil, Elaine, Malmsheimer, Robert, & Volk, Timothy A. Comment on ‘Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy’. United States. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaf203.
Prisley, Stephen P., Gaudreault, Caroline, Lamers, Patrick, Stewart, William, Miner, Reid, Junginger, H. M., Oneil, Elaine, Malmsheimer, Robert, and Volk, Timothy A. Tue . "Comment on ‘Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy’". United States. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaf203. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1492519.
@article{osti_1492519,
title = {Comment on ‘Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy’},
author = {Prisley, Stephen P. and Gaudreault, Caroline and Lamers, Patrick and Stewart, William and Miner, Reid and Junginger, H. M. and Oneil, Elaine and Malmsheimer, Robert and Volk, Timothy A.},
abstractNote = {The use of wood for bioenergy production results in a worse climate outcome than from using coal. However, many of the assumptions on which their primary wood bioenergy scenario is based are not realistic and therefore are not informative. Assumptions of uncharacteristically long rotations for southern pine plantations, no utilization of wood for longer-duration products, and a single harvest over 100 years understate the carbon performance of current forest management practices. We provide references that support realistic modeling of forest carbon dynamics that are reflective of current practice and therefore more informative.},
doi = {10.1088/1748-9326/aaf203},
journal = {Environmental Research Letters},
number = 12,
volume = 13,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {12}
}

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Table 1 Table 1: Conclusions from Sterman et al (2018) and responses.

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