Introduction and general considerations
Biomass potentials list the annual potentials (e.g. in dry mass or heat value) for different feedstocks in different regions. They may also associate costs with different potentials.
Feedstocks include, for example, primary forestry products, forestry residues, energy fuel crops, agricultural residues, manure, waste, etc.
Sustainability concerns have been raised about some feedstocks, focusing on emissions from land use change, competition with food crops and loss of biodiversity. As a result estimates of sustainable potentials can vary widely depending on assumptions and the methodology used.
Biomass potential datasets by region
JRC-EU-TIMES: Bioenergy potentials for EU and neighbouring countries
Categorises potentials and costs for EU28 and neighbouring countries (Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and the Western Balkans countries). Has different scenarios for sustainability. "The High, Medium and Low bioenergy availability scenarios differ in assumptions related to land use, agricultural practices, and protected areas."
BioBoost Geoportal with maps:
Assesses potentials for NUTS3 regions in the EU27 (EU28 minus Croatia) and Switzerland.
Lead by EURAC. Covers EU28, resolved down to NUTS3. Feedstocks are forestry residues, agricultural residues, livestock effluent and municipal solid waste.
Lignocellulosic biomass potentials down to NUTS3 for Europe. Costs for potentials are also included.
Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ) Bioenergie-Atlas