Land use planning for utilizing biomass residues in Tuscia Romana (central Italy): preliminary results of a multi criteria analysis to create an agro-energy district

Andrea Colantoni, Lavinia Delfanti, Fabio Recanatesi, Michela Tolli, Richard Lord

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Abstract

This study provides a preliminary agro-environmental, economic and energetic analysis to critically evaluate the biomass potential of an area of central Italy (Tuscia Romana). This area is selected as representative for agro-forestry from its orographic characteristics, climatic conditions, land use and potential energy sources. Accordingly, the model we have obtained could be used for other similar areas of central Italy. We have assessed the potential agro-forestry biomass availability, energy po-tential and transport infrastructure using multi criteria analysis and geographic information system approaches. Finally, optimum locations to develop an energy plant were identified. This model could be applied at a local level to help deliver environmental policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume50
Early online date30 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • land use management
  • agroenergy district
  • multi criteria analysis
  • biomass

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