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IE-NETs WP3 Workpackage report: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of GHG emissions and Techno-economic Analysis of Bioenergy Production in Ireland

posted Sep 4, 2019, 6:19 AM by Barry McMullin   [ updated Sep 4, 2019, 6:19 AM ]
The IE-NETs team is pleased to announce the availability of the WP3 workpackage report on "Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of GHG emissions and Techno-economic Analysis of Bioenergy Production in Ireland". From the Introduction:

Bioenergy technologies are diverse and span a wide range of options and technological pathways. However, the most favoured options and technologies will be those with the lowest life cycle emissions. Evidence suggests that options with low life cycle emissions are site-specific and rely on efficient integrated ‘biomass to bioenergy’ systems with sustainable land use management and governances. Life cycle assessment (LCA) can provide a scientific foundation for evaluating the ecological and economic sustainability of biofuels. In WP3 we use life cycle assessment (LCA) analysis as a tool to identify potential environmental impacts of end products from the various processes in the whole life cycle. We also apply techno-economic analysis (TEA) to bioenergy production systems to provide a more detailed understanding of their likely economic and technical impacts, including parameters for cost-benefit assessment and evaluation of risk.