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

Colantoni, Andrea and Delfanti, Lavinia and Recanatesi, Fabio and Tolli, Michela and Lord, Richard (2016) 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. Land Use Policy, 50. pp. 125-133. ISSN 0264-8377

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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.