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Condicionantes económicos del aprovechamiento de biomasa forestal con fines energéticos. Una revisión de las estimaciones para el norte de España/Economic Determining Factors in the Use of Forest Biomass for Energetic Purposes. A Review of Case Studies in the North of Spain

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  • BLANCO GONZÁLEZ, JAVIER

    () (Departamento de Economía Aplicada, UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO, ESPAÑA.)

  • GARCÍA DE LA FUENTE, LAURA

    () (Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Ordenación del Territorio (INDUROT), UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO, ESPAÑA.)

  • ÁLVAREZ GARCÍA, MIGUEL ÁNGEL

    () (Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Ordenación del Territorio (INDUROT) y Dpto. de Biología de Organismos y Sistemas, UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO, ESPAÑA.)

Abstract

Este artículo presenta una revisión de los estudios y ensayos disponibles sobre los costes de producción de biomasa forestal en el norte de España, particularmente, los de la denominada biomasa forestal primaria residual. Se analiza el papel de la biomasa en la economía forestal, así como las características de la oferta y la demanda del incipiente mercado ligado al aprovechamiento energético de este tipo de biomasa. Se discuten los principales factores determi¬nantes de sus costes de producción y, en función de éstos y los precios de mercado, se analizan las condiciones de viabilidad económica de la explotación del recurso. El análisis de estas condiciones puede ser útil para la planifica¬ción forestal y energética. This paper presents a review of the existing studies on forest biomass production costs for the northern Spain, focusing on biomass from forest residues. We analyze the role of biomass in forest economy and the characteristics of supply and demand of the nascent market linked to the use of forest biomass for energetic purposes. It discusses the main factors affecting the production cost of biomass. On that basis, we analyze the economic viability conditions for forest biomass exploitation depending on market prices. Analysis of these issues would be useful for forestry and energy planning.

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  • Blanco González, Javier & García De La Fuente, Laura & Álvarez García, Miguel Ángel, 2013. "Condicionantes económicos del aprovechamiento de biomasa forestal con fines energéticos. Una revisión de las estimaciones para el norte de España/Economic Determining Factors in the Use of Forest Biom," Estudios de Economia Aplicada, Estudios de Economia Aplicada, vol. 31, pages 127-150, Enero.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:31_1_1
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    1. Delacote, Philippe & Lecocq, Franck, 2011. "Fuelwood, timber and climate change: Insights from forest sector modeling-An introduction," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 107-109, April.
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    Keywords

    Economía forestal; biomasa forestal; costes; energías renovables; norte de España. ; Forest Economics; Forest Biomass; Costs; Renewable Energy; Northern Spain..;

    JEL classification:

    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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