All biomass potentials (woody and non-woody) are now available online as maps. The SCCER BIOSWEET team at the WSL has published the data together with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy on the mapping platform of the Swiss Confederation (map.geo.admin.ch).
The maps show the sustainable potential of woody and non-woody biomass for bioenergy (maximum amount of nationally produced woody biomass that could be used, after deducting any ecological, economic, legal and political constraints) in Switzerland at the municipality level in primary energy (maximum amount of energy available in a resource without conversion) in Petajoules. Biomass is a renewable resource for energy which can be transformed into several forms of energy: heat, electricity, biogas or liquid fuels. Woody types of biomass were investigated using methodically comparable approaches: forest wood, wood from landscape maintenance, waste wood and industrial wood residues. Non-woody types of biomass were investigated in an equivalent manner: manure, agricultural crop by-products, the organic part of household garbage, green waste, the organic residues from industrial waste and sewage sludge.