Project properties

Title Firewood use in the Netherlands
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 24-30
Supervisor(s) FEM group: Prof.dr.ir. G.M.J. Mohren / Prof.dr.ir. G.J. Nabuurs
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. Mohren
Contact info Frits.mohren@wur.nl
Begin date 2018/04/01
End date
Description Also possible as BSc thesis

The amount of firewood used in the Netherlands for direct heating is a largely unknown component of forest use in the Netherlands. Yet there is an increasing interest in the use of forest biomass for bioenergy, despite its CO2 emission, and its possible adverse effects on forest nutrient balance. A large part of domestic firewood use is not reported and hence difficult to quantify. The purpose of the study is to quantify firewood use based on a variety of existing information sources and comparison with firewood use in neighbouring countries, and to assess the consequences of this firewood use for CO2 emissions. The analysis may be extended to include different scenarios of firewood use and bioenergy production from forests.
Methods: literature review, inventory of firewood sources (forests, urban plantations, trees and shrubs in agricultural areas) and (possibly) interviews with forest managers and/or firewood sellers.


Climate change effects / Sustainable forest management / The Netherlands/ Europe/ Temperate zone
Used skills Forest inventory, scenario analysis, energy use, bioenergy
Requirements MSc thesis: FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I

BSc thesis: minimal 120 credits