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Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications

Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière

2 years post-doctoral position!

Post-doc Carbon Substitution
Title: Accounting for forest dynamics in the calculation of the carbon substitution of wood products

Deadline: April 15th 2021

This research project starts from the general research hypothesis that the dynamic consideration of forest carbon fluxes and stocks affects the value of substitution. In order to test this hypothesis, we propose first to couple a growth and harvest simulator developed in a previous project (BiCaFF, funded by ADEME) by Valade and Bellassen with a forest sector bio-economic model (FFSM, French Forest Sector Model) developed at BETA. Based on this coupling, the project will then provide a LCA of wood products that will take carbon dynamics upstream into account.

Two tasks are distinguished and will be the subject of two publications:
Task 1: Build on existing simulations to:
- Analyse regional differences in carbon balance as a response to different harvest scenarios.
- Identify regions or species for which a shorter payback time is possible given their forest growth characteristics and the type of wood product produced.
This work will be the subject of a paper that will identify in which regions or for which species an increase in harvest levels would be least damaging to the carbon balance of the sector.

Task 2: Coupling the BiCaFF model and the FFSM bio-economic model in order to
simulate the full effect of a policy encouraging the consumption of wood products (e.g. a wood consumption subsidy) on:
- The forest structure: harvested species, location of the harvest, age structure of the harvest
- The dynamics of resulting carbon flows in the wood supply chain.
In a second step, fossil emissions in each scenario will be added and potential substitution will be calculated by an LCA. This step will require careful definition of the baseline scenario in order to specify which materials are replaced by wood products. This second task will also be the subject of a scientific paper.

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