Sustainability aspects of biobased products : comparison of different crops and products from the vegetable oil platform

K.P.H. Meesters, W.J. Corré, J.G. Conijn, M.K. Patel, H.L. Bos

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Abstract

This study focusses on the production of vegetable oil based products. A limited number of aspacts of the sustainability of the full chain (from agriculture to product at the factory gate) was evaluated. Three different vegetable oils were taken into account: palm oil, soy oil and rapeseed oil. Also three different products made from vegetable oil were evaluated: biodiesel, polyol (a raw material for production of PU foams) and resin. In the present study, sustainability of these products was evaluated through the following parameters: Non-Renewable Energy Usage (NREU) (GJ per ton of product); Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions (ton CO2-equivalent per ton of product); Land use (ha/ton vegetable oil) and NREU and GHG emission avoided (GJ or ton CO2-equivalent per hectare of land).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research
Number of pages68
ISBN (Electronic)9789461739827
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameReport / Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research
No.1441

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Keywords

  • oil plants
  • plant oils
  • palm oils
  • soyabean oil
  • rapeseed oil
  • sustainability
  • sustainability indicators
  • renewable energy
  • greenhouse gases
  • land use
  • biobased economy
  • biofuels
  • biopolymers

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Meesters, K. P. H., Corré, W. J., Conijn, J. G., Patel, M. K., & Bos, H. L. (2012). Sustainability aspects of biobased products : comparison of different crops and products from the vegetable oil platform. (Report / Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research; No. 1441). Wageningen: Wageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research.