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30 Nov 2017

Case Studies and Applications

Indicators and scenarios have been tested for a series of case studies at different levels, namely those of selected single production chains, regional or country-scale case studies, and case studies at the European scale.

The cases studies have been conducted within the framework of the EU-project EFORWOOD, the Northern Periphery Programme-project Northern ToSIA, the bioE-bioD project funded by the Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation and individual studies, as well as INFRES , OPERAS , Tech4Effect and BenchValue project :

  1. European Forest Wood Chain (EFORWOOD)
  2. Scandinavian production driven case (EFORWOOD)
  3. Iberian product driven case (EFORWOOD)
  4. Baden Württemberg regional case of both production and consumption (EFORWOOD)
  5. Bioenergy case study in North Karelia, Finland (Northern ToSIA)
  6. Reindeer husbandry and forestry interaction case study in Malå, Sweden (Northern ToSIA)
  7. Cairngorm National Park case study in Scotland (Northern ToSIA)
  8. Case study in Norway (Northern ToSIA)
  9. BioE-BioD alternative resource use case in Finland (BioE-BioD)
  10. Local bio energy case for Lake Como Region


Currently ongoing projects and initiatives are:

INFRES: New innovative solutions to forest biomass supply in the EU

"We keep EU's forest energy promises"

INFRES aims to accelerate the technological development and open new paths to EU’s renewable targets by producing research based knowledge, technological solutions and service innovations for forest residue feedstock supply. The project aims at high efficiency and precise deliveries of woody feedstock to heat, power and biorefining industries by:

  • Producing technological and logistic innovations for developing new harvesting, transport and storage technology for forest fuel procurement
  • Demonstrating new solutions in full supply chains from harvesting to transport and storage in real operational environment
  • Spotting the technological, economic, regulatory and other bottlenecks in the innovation structures for the forest energy sector
  • Assessing the environmental, economical and social sustainability for the developed logistics including scenarios for different fuel sources, methods, technologies and transport distances
  • Disseminating the outcomes of research and demonstrations to the practices.

INFRES is a 3-year EU FP7-project with 23 partners, including 9 leading forest energy research organizations of accompanied with 14 SME along the biomass supply chain. SME’s include manufacturers of harvesting technology, chippers, feedstock supply enterprises, forest harvesting and transport providers, truck technology and IT service provider to manage fleet and storages. INFRES started in September 1st 2012. ToSIA is used for sustainability impact assessment of conventional forest value chains and for assessing the newly developed demonstration chain solutions.

OPERAS: Operational Potential of Ecosystems Research Applications

Ecosystems provide humankind with a range of beneficial resources, goods and services. Yet human use and exploitation of the biosphere is increasing at such a pace and scale that many of the major ecosystems are threatened, and may not be able to continue to function in ways that are vital to support the existence of humanity.
Re-framing environmental resource use has led to the emergence of the concepts of ecosystem services (ES) and natural capital (NC).

OPERAs aims to improve understanding of how applying ES/NC concepts in managing ecosystems contributes to human well-being in different social-ecological systems in inland and coastal zones, in rural and urban areas, related to different ecosystems including forests and fresh water resources.

OPERAS is a 5-year EU FP7-project with 27 partners from different landuse disciplines and started on December 1st 2012. ToSIA is one of the tools applied and further developed.


Trees4Future is an Integrative European Research Infrastructure project that aims to integrate, develop and improve major forest genetics and forestry research infrastructures. It will provide the wider European forestry research community with easy and comprehensive access to currently scattered sources of information (including genetic databanks, forest modelling tools and wood technology labs) and expertise.

This will help forestry researchers and the European forestry sector to respond, in a sustainable manner, to increasing demands for wood products and services in a context of genetic adaptation and changing climatic conditions. It will create a new and better linked research infrastructure which will increase our knowledge about the adaptation of forests to climate change and tree characteristics suited for tailor-made wood supply - thus optimising the short- and long-term exploitation of forest resources.

Trees4Future is a 4-year Research infrastructures project under FP7. It has 28 partners and started on November 1st 2011. ToSIA is one of the tools which will be linked with EFISCEN. Further access to ToSIA is also available under the Transnational Access ( scheme of Trees4Future.

CASTLE: "Careers in Sustainability Excellence"

CASTLE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network coordinated by EFI and it started on November 1st 2012. The CASTLE consortium will employ 14 full time early stage researchers. The positions are located at 9 partner institutes in 5 different countries. The ESRs are hired under employment contracts. Selected researchers are expected to undertake transnational mobility in order to implement an individual research project at one of the consortium partner institutions, as well as to participate in a joint network training programme. The deadline for applications was December 31st, 2012, and the selected candidates are expected to start on April 1st2013. ToSIA is a important element in this training.