Environmental and sustainability assessment of biorefineries

L. Schebek and O. Mrani,    Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany


Given the fact that biorefineries are gaining increasing attention as a technology for mitigation of climate change and sustainable development in general, it is not surprising that sustainability assessment of biorefineries has also become an issue. The interaction of biorefineries with their environment is very complex. In general, it can be stated that biorefineries may have impacts on the natural or physical as well as on the economic and social-cultural environment. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a systematic approach to analyze and examine the impacts of products or services on the environment. ...

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