Huge potential from the biomass industry for sustainability – the newest study gives novel tools to decision-makers to design effective supply chain delivery systems

The biomass industry has the potential to offer a huge opportunity for the achievement of sustainable development goals. Applicable renewable energy policy measures are needed to make sure the biomass supply chain (BSC) networks sustainable. The key to the production of highly-valued products from biomass and taking financial benefits is applying innovative technologies of biomass conversion and making effective policies for transportation in logistics management.

Post Doctoral Researcher
Saeed Rahimpour

Decision-makers face several challenges on transportation networks as the main component of logistics management in BSC. In the process of quantifying economic and environmental sustainability, we focused on the techno-economic and environmental assessment of BSC by considering three transportation modes that include truck, train, and barge. We discussed the design of biomass supply chains reflecting the ever-increasing scope of designing and the system to be designed. We have assessed the cost and GHG emissions based on the transportation modes scenarios to help the decision-makers design a more effective BSC delivery system. Our results of this work would help the biomass industry stockholders and suppliers to define long, and short-term horizons to achieve a timely, cost-effective, and sustainable BSC transportation network.

This joint research has been done between LUT University and RMIT University. Viipuri Management Research Lab of LUT University provided access to AnyLogic (University 8.5.0) software for simulation modeling.


Biomass supply chain, transportation modes, environmental, transportation cost ,computer simulation

Zahraee, S.M, Rahimpour Golroudbary, S., Shiwakoti, N.,  Stasinopoulos, P. & Kraslawski, A. 2021. Economic and environmental assessment of biomass supply chain for the design of transportation modes: strategic and tactical decisions point of view.
Procedia CIRP. Volume 100, Pages 780-785.