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Record number 498358
Title Comparing biobased products from oil crops versus sugar crops with regard to non-renewable energy use, GHG emissions and land use
Author(s) Bos, Harriëtte L.; Meesters, Koen P.H.; Conijn, Sjaak G.; Corré, Wim J.; Patel, Martin K.
Source Industrial Crops and Products 84 (2016). - ISSN 0926-6690 - p. 366 - 374.
Department(s) Biobased Products
FBR BP Biorefinery & Sustainable Value Chains
PPO/PRI AGRO Multifunctioneel Landgebruik
PPO/PRI AGRO Water- en Biobased Economy
PPO/PRI AGRO Field Technology Innovations
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Agricultural co- products - Bio-products - Land use - LCA - Oil crops

Non-renewable energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and land use of two biobased products and biofuel from oil crops is investigated and compared with products from sugar crops. In a bio-based economy chemicals, materials and energy carriers will be produced from biomass. Next to side streams, also vegetable oils and sugars are expected to become important resources for these products. Application of these resources calls for effective resource use, with minimal environmental impacts. In this paper we study a number of available options and their trade-offs. Use of vegetable oils in a chemical and a resin results in a higher reduction of non- renewable energy use and greenhouse gas emissions than their use as biodiesel. Furthermore, similar savings in environmental impact per unit of land can be reached by products from either oil or sugar crops as transportation fuel, but the sugar crops, applied in chemicals or bioplastics outcompete the oil crops.

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