TECH4EFFECT

Techniques and Technologies for Effective Wood Procurement

Summary

As we strive for a genuinely circular economy, greater efficiency in how we manage our renewable resources becomes increasingly important. This is particularly true of Europe’s forests – a major source of sustainable materials and essential to Europe’s ambitions as a leading bioeconomy.

Increased biomass demand generates a need for more accessible forests to maintain a sustainable supply and maximise the value of this resource. TECH4EFFECT aims to deploy technological advances to advance forest management to a new level. The project will increase efficiencies including both lowering the cost and the environmental impact of harvesting from forests.

By developing a state-of-the-art knowledge-based decision-support system aimed at increasing efficiency, TECH4EFFCT will offer a novel way to exploit the increasing amounts of data generated in modern forestry. TECH4EFFECT seeks to implement the developed efficiency management tool in five participating countries.

Description

Objectives: 
  • To improve the efficiency of European forest management by enabling a data-driven knowledge-based revolution of the European forest sector while also providing key incremental improvements in technology
  • To increase access to wood resources with focus on accelerated growth rates, improved silvicultural operations and improved business models for more efficient transactions in forest management
  • To increase the efficiency of forest harvesting and collection with focus on infrastructure improvements, forest machine data exploitation, and improved work practices
  • To reduce and monitor soil impacts from forest operations through machine technologies and machine mounted sensors combined with information technology
  • To develop the TECH4EFFECT web-based benchmarking tool to collect and systematize data from forest management and provide a foundation for knowledge-based management of European forest operations in the future
  • To implement TECH4EFFECT in a global European version and in country specific adaptations through industrial leadership
  • To assess the environmental and socio-economic performance of the project results for the whole wood value chain
Expected impacts: 
  • Improving efficiency in silviculture and harvesting operations
  • Improving accessibility to wood resources leading to a significant increase in productivity in forest operations over a representative period of time
  • Increasing forest operations output minimising environmental impacts: reducing soil disturbance, efficiently & more efficiently extracted grot (residuals).
  • Reducing fuel consumption in the forest harvesting process by at least 15%.

Project achievements & milestones

Towards more sensitive forest operations
20 August 2019
Our TECH4EFFECT project successfully conducted field trials near Rautavaara, Finland, on the impacts of different tracks and machines on the soil. Read more

TECH4EFFECT: A new app for more efficient wood harvesting
15 May 2019
Our TECH4EFFECT project developed a new app for more efficient wood harvesting to provide more biomass for the bioeconomy. Read more