The aim of this task is to gather and synthesize the knowledge about yield, quality and environmental impacts of various biomass crops. Yields and quality of the biomass (depending on the crop) have direct impacts on the logistics chain (densification, transport, transformation). The assessment of the environmental impacts of feedstock production is key to evaluate the overall sustainability of the logistics chain.
Project coordinator INRA will employ several meta-analyses to:
- Compare the yield of biomass crops and the quality of harvested biomass,
- Assess water, C and N-related environmental impacts,
- Identify the main management and environmental factors explaining differences among crops in terms of yield, quality and environmental impacts, using statistical models,
- Analyze uncertainty in the above variables.