A life cycle assessment comparison of rapeseed biodiesel and conventional diesel

M. Stow, M. C. McManus, C. Bannister

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Biodiesel is often considered to improve energy security and reduce the impact offuel on climate change. However there are concerns about the impact of biodieselwhen its life cycle is considered. The potential impact of using biodiesel rather thanconventional diesel was investigated using a life cycle assessment (LCA) ofrapeseed biodiesel. Biodiesel leads to reduced fossil fuel use and is likely to reducethe impact of transport on climate change. However it was found that the impact ofbiodiesel towards other categories, i.e. land use and respiratory inorganics, wasgreater than petroleum diesel. Therefore biodiesel production should be carefullymanaged to mitigate its impact on the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Vehicle Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationDriving the Green Agenda
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia, U. S. A.
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780857094575
ISBN (Print)9780857094568
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2012
EventSustainable Vehicle Technologies: Driving the Green Agenda - Gaydon, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Nov 201215 Nov 2012


ConferenceSustainable Vehicle Technologies: Driving the Green Agenda
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


  • Biodiesel
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Rapeseed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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