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Forest cleaning and thinning in El Pallars Sobirà to save consumption of 3 million litres of gas oil a year

The Department of the Environment and Housing presents a strategic plan to develop forest biomass in El Pallars Sobirà to obtain thermal energy that could save the emission of 9.2 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

The Natural Environment DG of the Department of the Environment and Housing today presented the Strategic Plan for Forest Energy Harvesting in El Pallars Sobirà. The Plan aims to manage between 1,600 and 2,150 hectares of forest that are currently under scarcely any form of management. Beyond this management and the economic and social repercussions in the region, according to Plan data, 8,478.93 tonnes a year of forest biomass with 30% moisture content and no commercial value (such as crowns or small trees from primary and secondary thinning) can be obtained, which could save the consumption of some 3 million litres of gas oil a year, preventing the emission of 9.2 million tonnes of CO2.

Forest biomass can be used to produce thermal energy or electricity, in cogeneration (heat and power) or trigeneration (heat, power and cold). For reasons of efficiency, the Plan considers only the potential demand for heating. Thus, up to 50% of fuel requirements could be met with locally produced energy. The potential demand has been classed by type of consumer: disperse population, in population nuclei, public buildings (potential collective facilities and others), and businesses and services.

Further information from the Department of the Environment and Housing website.

6 November 2009