Benchmarking the Sustainability Performances of Value Chains
- Start Date
1st December 2016
- End Date
30th November 2019
- Funding Body
FP7 ERA-NET Sumforest Call 2016
BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUER NACHHALTIGKEIT UND TOURISMUS Austria
- Research Partners
NUIG, ASU, Universite deLimoges, EFI, FCBA, IVL, UL, BOKU
- Principal Investigators
- Research Areas
Europe aspires to create a thriving bio-economy. For this, new innovative product value chains need to be developed, but an increased uptake of bio-based products is only possible if they are economic and more sustainable than competitive products.
The aim of the BenchValue project was to develop a versatile benchmarking method to compare between renewable wood-based and non-renewable value chains and to quantify the sustainability impacts and climate change mitigation potential of substituting non-renewable with wood-based materials to support decision makers in policy and market environment
Evaluation concrete and timber-based construction superstructures for a theoretical semi-detached building to determine which are the more sustainable based on economic, social and environmental criteria.
- In order to increase acceptance of the developed method and transparency of results, the BenchValue project built on the established ToSIA methodology for the forest-based sector.
- Develop and use a method for benchmarking wood material value chains against mineral and non-renewable value chains.
- Capacity building through stakeholder engagement and exchange, including case study visits during project meeting in Finland. Sweden, Ireland, Lithuania, France and Austria.
- “BenchValue” final conference with wide stakeholder participations disseminating “BenchValue” method and case study results with country specific recommendations.
- Policy Brief presenting the “BenchValue” method case studies and national recommendations.