Life Cycle Assessment for biodiesel production under Greek climate conditions

Theocharis Tsoutsos, Victor Kouloumpis, Thodoris Zafiris, Spyros Foteinis

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to understand and to model the environmental performance of biodiesel produced by various Greek raw materials under current conditions. Three energy crops (rapeseed, sunflower and soybean) have been studied, with regard to their levels of biodiesel productivity. Throughout the entire process, current Greek climatic conditions and cultivation parameters have been taken into account. At the stage of assessment, we conclude that the environmental impacts per crop area indicate that soybean has the lowest environmental impacts. However, by assessing the results per quantity of produced biodiesel, the crop with the minimum environmental impacts is sunflower. This paper shows that environmental benefits from biodiesel have better results, compared to conventional diesel, thus leading to the conclusion that it is feasible to succeed improved environmental performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-335
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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