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A systematic review of life cycle assessments of bioenergy chains for heat, power and liquid transportation fuel

Rowe, Rebecca; Chapman, Jennifer; Whitaker, Jeanette; Howard, David; Taylor, Gail. 2008 A systematic review of life cycle assessments of bioenergy chains for heat, power and liquid transportation fuel. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 150 (3 Supplement 1). S182. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.486

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Abstract/Summary

Life cycle assessments (LCAs) have been used broadly throughout the bioenergy sector, primarily to assess greenhouse gas emissions and energy balances of various energy production chains. However, variations in methodology and reporting of LCAs often make results incomparable. To compare LCA results, it is necessary to dismantle each individual LCA and reassemble it using set units and stating precise system boundaries. This has been done for numerous biomass-to-energy chains, including biomass for heat, power and liquid transport fuels. Summarising these reassembled LCAs into production-chain specific diagrams allows simple comparison between production chains, but more importantly highlights the process steps with the greatest impact or variation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.486
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry
CEH Sections: Shore
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 15 Jan 2009 13:11
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5681

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