Environmental analysis of the energy use of hemp - Analysis of the comparative life cycle: Diesel oil vs. hemp-diesel

Xaquín Acosta Casas, Joan Rieradevall I Pons

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    Abstract

    Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) is a herbaceous crop with a potential production of 12 tons of dry matter per hectare and a seed output of 0.5-2 tons per hectare, depending on its handling. The agro-ecological aspects and the high yield of vegetable biomass from hemp farming are the factors that indicate a possible interest in this plant from the point of view of energy use, but in order to validate this it is necessary to carry out a Life Cycle Analysis. It is to be observed that the hemp energy resources come from the vegetable biomass used as fuel, or by obtaining bio-diesel from the oil derived from its seeds. In order to carry out the environmental analysis of the energy use of hemp-diesel the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has been used as an environmental tool which has allowed for a comparison of the results obtained with those of diesel oil. Copyright © 2005 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-139
    JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology
    Volume4
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2005

    Keywords

    • Bio-diesel
    • Diesel oil
    • Energy
    • Environmental analysis
    • Global warming
    • Hemp
    • LCA
    • The hemp-diesel

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