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An agro-industrial model for the optimization of biodiesel production in Spain to meet the European GHG reduction targets

Neus Escobar, Casiano Manrique-de-Lara-Peñate, Neus Sanjuán, Gabriela Clemente and Stelios Rozakis ()

Energy, 2017, vol. 120, issue C, 619-631

Abstract: Right after the enforcement of the Directive (EU) 2015/1513, amending the Renewable Energy Directive of the European Union, the situation of the biodiesel sector in Spain is particularly uncertain. Although domestic biodiesel production has significantly increased since 2013, many plants are still idle, leading to an excess of capacity. This paper aims to provide an operational framework that combines Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with economic optimization to determine the feedstock combination for domestic biodiesel production in Spain in compliance with this Directive, and quantify the associated impacts.

Keywords: Biodiesel supply chain; Economic optimization; Greenhouse gases; Land use change; Life cycle assessment; Renewable Energy Directive (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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