Environmental assessment: (LCA) and spatial modelling (GIS) of energy crop implementation on local scale

Carles M. Gasol, Xavier Gabarrell, Miquel Rigola, Sara González-García, Joan Rieradevall

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Environmental analysis tools as LCA and GIS have been combined to provide an integrated methodology able to determine suitable areas for cultivating Brassica spp. (B. carinata and B. napus) and Populus spp and for proposing local and decentralised energy production and consumption scenario. The methodology is applied and verified in a Catalonia (southern Europe) case study area but it can be extrapolated to other Mediterranean regions with similar agroclimates.The results obtained show that a high impact reduction in potential global warming category can be achieved annually (annual reduction of 1,954,904 Mg of CO2 eq.) in a local scale scenario.Environmental integration such as GIS and LCA provide a methodology capable of giving enough information and results to determine an energy crop implementation strategy for reducing energy consumption and CO2 eq. emissions. The paper accounts for the CO2 eq. emissions for the production of energy crops at local scale. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2975-2985
JournalBiomass and Bioenergy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Bioenergy
  • Biomass
  • Brassica spp.
  • Populus spp.
  • Potential global warming


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