Latest SCI publications

Latest Projects

Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-02-01 - 2019-12-31

The streams of secondary biomass is assessed qualitatively and quantitatively and the theoretical substitution potential is examined by the comparison with the fossil material flows in Austria and the processing with various conversion technologies of specific conversion rates. In addition, a comparison of the secondary biogenic raw materials generated in Austria and the EU is carried out.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-12-01 - 2019-11-30

Modern wood product technology allows for the design of even high-rise buildings which are durable and pass strict fire regulations. In practice, however, the uptake of wood construction is very limited. A partial explanation is that the availability of sustainability assessments pertaining to renewable raw material value chains is limited, and where existing, are rarely comprehensive; mostly focusing on specific products and often lack benchmarking against use of non-renewable materials. These shortcomings will be addressed in the benchmarking method development to compare wood-based with non-renewable value chains in ToSIA. For this purpose, a set of universal indicators (for all value chains) and generic non-renewable reference chains will be developed. The benchmarking method will be tested in 5 case studies in Europe and Russia spanning different decision making contexts. A European wide projection on the substitution potential in the construction sector and its effects on the bioeconomy will be carried out, as well as intense stakeholder interaction and capacity building in partner countries.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-05-01 - 2022-04-30

The general objective of CONSOLE is to boost innovation in the delivery of lasting AECPGs by EU agriculture and forestry. It will be pursued by building a community of practice, designing and testing effective and efficient cooperation models and developing a contractual framework supporting implementation by multiple actors. Specific objectives are to: 1.Elaborate an operational contractual framework supporting the analysis of existing agri-environment-climate contracts (AECCs) and the design of more effective ones, accompanied by solutions to facilitate policy making, stakeholder interplay and to incentivise contract uptake; 2.Distill lessons learned from past and ongoing experiences through the structured qualitative assessment of successful innovative and effective contract solutions for the delivery of specific or multiple AECPGs in the EU and in third countries; 3.Analyse the acceptability and ease of implementation of innovative contract solutions through a survey involving a wide range of farmers, rural landowners and other key contract actors in 12 EU Member States; 4.Explore further contract design options and empirically evaluate their economic, social and environmental performance using simulation models; 5.Build a community of practice co-constructing, testing and implementing new solutions through animation and participatory co-training, contributing to multiply impacts; 6.Make the CONSOLE results known and operative for a wide range of interested actors and stakeholders (farmers, farm advisors, administration, business along value chains, NGOs, etc.) through dissemination and outreach, hence impacting on the ground by ensuring a major transition in AECCs practices in Europe.

Supervised Theses and Dissertations