Bioenergy Sustainability Tradeoffs Assessment Resource Tool (BioSTAR)
Abstract: BioSTAR is designed to engage stakeholders in the sustainability assessment process by incorporating datasets, methods, and lessons learned from three ORNL case studies and user-contributed projects into a web-based decision tool that can quantify the costs and benefits of integrating cellulosic biomass production into US landscapes. BioSTAR walks users through the evaluation of a suite of environmental and socioeconomic indicators that can be tailored to local conditions and stakeholder priorities. Progress toward individual sustainability indicator targets and potential tradeoffs between sustainability indicators can be then be visualized across a set of feedstock production scenarios evaluated at the scale of the
biomass supply shed.
Custom-built web application
General Modeling Type:
Hybrid / other: Geospatial Aggregation and Visualization
Primary analytical purpose:
Environmental: Analysis of the environmental effects of bioenergy and bioproduct technologies or feedstocks.
Secondary analytical purpose:
Socio-economic: Analysis of the economic or social effects of bioenergy and bioproduct technologies or feedstocks.
- Air Quality (non-GHG emissions)
- Environmental Productivity (feedstock-related, e.g., NPP or yield)
- GHG Emissions
- Soil Quality
- Water Impacts (quality and/or quantity)
- Energy Security
- Process Productivity (conversion-related, e.g., yield)
- Techno-economic Impact
- Other Socio-economic (e.g., GDP impact, Investment/NPV)
ORNL - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hilliard Michael, Esther Parish
Model start year:
Model last updated:
Level of validation/review:
External Peer Review
- Feedstock Types
- Agricultural Residues
- Herbaceous Energy Crops
- Forest Residues
- Forest Resources
- Woody Energy Crops
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Information last updated: Sep. 17, 2019 13:45:46 EDT