Socio-economics, sustainability and Ethics (SeSE)

Main ideas and research focus for SeSE-platform

The idea of SeSE is to link the results from the research and innovation activities of BIO-VALUE into a production/value chain context in order to assess system-wide sustainability of biomass production and biobased products, in terms of economic impacts, environmental effects and ethical aspects.

A number of research questions are pursued via a combination of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods.

  • Quantitative analyses will be conducted within a model framework, which combines economic models, farming systems models and Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools, linked to a Geographical Information System (GIS).
  • Qualitative analyses will complement the quantitative analyses in order to address ethical aspects and societal processes relating to the development and growth of a high-value biomass refinery sector.

BioValue is proud to have contributed to the updated edition of : 

The + 10 million tonnes studyIncreasing the sustainable production of biomass for biorefineries (2016).

Research questions

  1. What are the economic costs and environmental burdens, benefits and trade-offs for Denmark of alternative strategies for biomass production and processing in Denmark?
  2. In which sectors of the Danish society and in what types of farming systems do these benefits and cost accrue?
  3. What are the potential economic costs and benefits for Denmark of alternative international scenarios for biomass production and processing, based on Danish technology?
  4. What are the main societal incentives and barriers, including ethical aspects, for the realization of the economic and environmental potentials in the conversion of biomass into high-value materials?

Publications in the SeSE-platform:

Corona, A, Ambye-Jensen, M, Vega, GC, Hauschild, MZ, Birkved, M. 2018. Techno-environmental assessment of the green biorefinery concept : Combining process simulation and life cycle assessment at an early design stage. Science of the Total Environment 635, 100-111.

Corona, A, Parajuli, R, Ambye-Jensen, M, Hauschild, MZ, Birkved, M. 2018. Environmental screening of potential biomass for green biorefinery conversion. Journal of Cleaner Production 189, 344-357.

Parajuli, R., Knudsen, M. T., Birkved, M., Djomo, S. N., Corona, A., Dalgaard, T.: Environmental impacts of producing bioethanol and biobased lactic acid from standalone and integrated biorefineries using a consequential and an attributional life cycle assessment approach. Science of the Total Environment, 2017, Volume 598, Pages 497–512

Parajuli R, Knudsen MT, Djomo SN, Corona A, Birkved M, Dalgaard T. Environmental life cycle assessment of producing willow, alfalfa and straw from spring barley as feedstocks for bioenergy or biorefinery systems. Sci Total Environ (2017),

Corona, A., Madsen, B., Hauschild, M.Z., Birkved, M., (2016). Natural fibre selection for composite Eco-design. CIRP Annals, 65 (1) pp 13–16.

Parajuli, R.; Kristensen, I.S.; Knudsen, M.T.; Mogensen, L.; Corona, A.; Birkved, M.; Peña, N.; Graversgaard, M.; Dalgaard, T.: Environmental life cycle assessments of producing maize, grass-clover, ryegrass and winter wheat straw for biorefinery . Journal of Cleaner Production, January 2017, volume 142, Part 4, Pages 3859–3871.

Grøn Biomasse, DCA rapport nr. 068, September 2015: Termansen et al.

Parajuli, R.; Dalgaard, T.; Jørgensen, U.; Adamsen, A. P. S.; Knudsen, M. T.; Birkved, M.; Gylling, M.; Schjørring, J. K.: Biorefining in the prevailing energy and materials crisis: a review of sustainable pathways for biorefinery value chains and sustainability assessment methodologies, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015, 43, Pages 244–263.

Parajuli, R.; Knudsen, M. T.; Dalgaard, T. (2015): Multi-criteria assessment of yellow, green, and woody biomasses: pre-screening of potential biomasses as feedstocks for biorefineries. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Volume 9, Issue 5, pages 545–566, September/October 2015.

Ranjan Parajuli, Søren Løkke, Poul Alberg Østergaard, Marie Trydeman Knudsen, Jannick H. Schmidt‎, Tommy Dalgaard: Life Cycle Assessment of district heat production in a straw fired CHP plant, Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 68, September 2014, Pages 115-134. (This publication was produced as a baseline study in the platform for Socio-economics, Sustainability, and Ethics)