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Innovative solutions for increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of future wood supply

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 728029

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 018 583,12

  • EU contribution

    € 1 661 361,88

Coordinated by:

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

Objective

The OnTrack proposal is built around two concepts; (1) The development of a rubber tracked timber forwarder, based on proven technology, with low ground pressure, reduced environmental impacts, high travel speed and appropriate ergonomics, providing increased access to forest resources on soft soils– the OnTrack Forwarder, and (2) The development of an automatic sensor system that monitors and records geo-referenced ground disturbance from forest machines and enables measures to reduce negative environmental impacts – the OnTrack Monitor. At the end of the project, both of these OnTrack innovations will be ready for fully operational testing and limited serial production. It is expected that the innovations will be marketed within three years from the project start.
OnTrack will have positive economic and environmental impacts on the European forest sector. The OnTrack Forwarder will increase machine utilization rates for contractors and contribute to a more consistent wood supply with economic benefits the forest-based value chains. OnTrack will also strengthen the current marked position and open new markets for the involved enterprises. The OnTrack Forwarder reduces the amount of wheel rutting and soil disturbance between 40 and 70%, compared to a conventional forwarder under given conditions. The OnTrack Monitor will be the first operational system that monitors wheel rutting and damage to the soil during forest operations, and will allow forest owners, certification bodies, and policy makers to set thresholds for damages, for adopting improved operation practices, and for efficient amelioration of ruts that have exceeded these thresholds.
Overall, OnTrack will lead to significant improvement in the procurement of ecosystem services such as wood supply, carbon, water and nutrient regulation, biodiversity conservation, and recreation. Hence, the project provides intelligent tools for forest production while keeping the multifunctional role of forest in focus.

Coordinator

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Address

Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas

Norway

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 620 633,12

Participants (8)

PONSSE OYJ

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 171 500

PRINOTH SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 266 984,38

STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT - SKOGFORSK

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 161 062,50

OWREN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 121 625

KONSTHOLMEN TB AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 132 925,63

LATVIJAS VALSTS MEZZINATNES INSTITUTS SILAVA

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 46 150

METSATEHO OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 57 050

KURATORIUM FUR WALDARBEIT UND FORSTTECHNIK (KWF) GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 83 431,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 728029

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 018 583,12

  • EU contribution

    € 1 661 361,88

Coordinated by:

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

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