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Environmental Impact Assessment of Waste Wood-to-Energy Recovery in Australia

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posted on 2023-06-13, 06:04 authored by Shahjadi Hisan Farjana, Olubukola TokedeOlubukola Tokede, Mahmud AshrafMahmud Ashraf
Wood is a renewable material that can store biogenic carbon, and waste wood can be recycled to recover bioenergy. The amount of energy recovery from the waste wood can vary depending on the type of wood and its chemical and structural properties. This paper will analyse the life cycle environmental impact of energy recovery from waste wood, starting from the wood production stage. These are cradle-to-cradle systems, excluding the use phase and the waste collection phase. The types of waste wood considered in the current study are softwood, hardwood, medium-density fibreboard (MDF), plywood, and particleboard. The results showed that all waste wood has great potential to produce energy while reducing climate change impact. Hardwood and softwood products showed the most beneficial aspects in terms of energy recovery from waste wood and thus could help to reduce harmful environmental emissions. However, MDF and particleboard show the least potential for energy recovery as they contribute to the greatest emissions among all types of wood products. The outcomes of this study could be used as guiding principles for Australia to consider waste-to-energy recovery facility establishment to generate additional energy while reducing waste wood.

History

Journal

Energies

Volume

16

Article number

4182

Pagination

1-22

Location

Basel, Switzerland

ISSN

1996-1073

eISSN

1996-1073

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

10

Publisher

MDPI

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