Development and economic analysis of innovative business models for sustainable regional production and utilization of woodfuel
Although dendromass is not suited for solid quality furniture, it is still gaining in demand In particular wood industry and to a significant extent the producers of bioenergy are the major consumers.
Agriculture, forestry and landscapers supply woodfuel. However, woodfuel production and supply face different challenges depending on its origin: Main obstacles for cultivation of short rotation coppice are high investments, long capital commitment, land competition and a lack of knowledge. In forestry, particularly for the small private forest owners marketing and access to their forests are challenging economic viability. Our approach to overcome these challenges and to improve economic viability of fuelwood supply chains is to take advantage of co-operation and its synergistic effects by adopting the business model concept.
In close cooperation with the project partners we develop business models in terms of their structure, their financial and legal characteristics, the participation of actors as well as the value proposition and the value distribution.
Our analyses are based on qualitative and quantitative surveys of actors in Germany. Furthermore, the analysis of on topic publications is the second pillar for the development of business models.
Regional value chain-based business models were developed during the project period in the context of the energetic use of woody biomass. For this purpose, a first step was the conception, carrying out and assessment of a survey on the perspective of stakeholders in the context of the energetic use of woody biomass. The relevance of cooperation in this context was elaborated. As a result, generic business models were first generated, which then again were drawn into the regional context. A presentation framework was drawn by cooperation criteria based on varying cooperation intensities among the agents of the business models. Furthermore practical implications of varying cooperation intensities were analyzed and shown based on varying criteria.
1.2011 - 12.2014
Project funding number: 033L024C
Project status: finished