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The life cycle emission of greenhouse gases associated with plant oils used as biofuel

Authors
Journal
Renewable Energy
0960-1481
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2010.07.003
Keywords
  • Plant Oil
  • Biofuel
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Greenhouse Gases
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Ecology

Abstract

Abstract Life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuels should not only consider fossil fuel inputs, but also N 2O emissions and changes in carbon stocks of (agro) ecosystems linked to the cultivation of biofuel crops. When this is done, current plant oils such as European rapeseed oil and oil from soybeans and oil palms cultivated on recently deforested soils have higher life cycle greenhouse gas emissions than conventional diesel.

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