Vulcan Ecosysteme Project

This project is about encouraging collaboration to develop sustainable supply chains for biomass delivery. The objective was to encourage the collaboration of four groups into one group in order to supply woodchips to a factory boiler under Danone's global Ecosysteme project. Results were the development of standard operating procedures for all activity, from site development and harvesting to biomass deliveries. Furthermore, inventories were made available in order to prioritise sites and harvesting towards the local biomass market that is part of the Vulcan project. Challenges for contractors were initially a new harvesting method; avoiding depots, which meant chipping pulp; and delivering directly from the sites. Clustering of harvesting sites secured machinery, biomass contracts secured chipping and haulage contractors, added value biomass generated more income for forest owners. Biomass contracts increased. This propelled the producer group into commercial activity and collaboration to mobilise timber and meet contracts.

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Contact: Alex Kelly


Institution: Danone Global Ecostseme Fund

Countries: Ireland


Accesses: Public access

Coniferous Destinations: Energy use

Harwood Destinations: Energy use

Govern Actors: Owners association , Non-government (non profit) organisations , Stakeholder networks and associations

Financial Supports: project funding

Manager Types: managed by forest association

Owner Types: private

Scale Operations: small scale (10-50 ha)