ROSEWOOD project concludes with two more Best Practices on waste wood & biomass valorisation

All good things have to come to an end. In the past year we showed each month another Best Practice, covering different topics from digital forest management platforms, like LaForetBouge, and Mestä to new approaches in forest ownership organisation, like Forest Sharing. Our objective was to give an insight into different innovations that support the mobilization of wood from European forests and other sources. Today we are proud to present to you the last two best practices of our campaign.

Giving wood waste a new purpose

TEGA is a company located in Romania. Their aim is to collect wood waste and use it for energy production. The Romanian company is not only providing training sessions on bioenergy, but also participating actively in local projects like waste collection. For their project they are collecting wood residues from public areas like playgrounds or green areas. The idea is to collect wood waste in different cities and chop and crush them to deliver it to energy production.

To learn more about TEGA have a look at the Best practice factsheet Best practice factsheet.

How does this contribute to sustainable wood mobilization?

TEGA is a role model for sustainable wood mobilization. By using wood chips as fuel in the TEGA heating plant, they provide heating for its workshops and offices. In this way the company makes sure that wood declared as waste receives a new purpose. There are two main benefits: On one side the cities get cleaned from wood waste and on the other side no new trees must be cut.

Increasing the green footprint with biochar

Biochar can deliver the green solution that our planet needs as it helps to reduce CO2 emissions.

Biochar is produced in a special process that’s called pyrolysis. During the process biomass is heated but the carbon does not burn or turn into CO2. That means the carbon is not released into the atmosphere, but is bound in the biochar. Biochars big benefit is the porous structure, which means that the product has a large surface. It can be used as a soil amendment or as a filtration material in several applications as it revives soil and its microbes.

Interested in learning more about biochar? Check out the Best practice factsheet.

How does this contribute to sustainable wood mobilization?

As a fertilizer biochar helps revitalizing arid areas and growing new plants as well as strengthening existing ones. Because of its large surface that allows bacterial colonization biochar is also excellent for preparing compost. This can be game changing for agriculture in challenging environments.