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Climate regulation, energy provisioning and water purification : Quantifying ecosystem service delivery of bioenergy willow grown on riparian buffer zones using life cycle assessment

Styles, David; Börjesson, Pål LU ; DHertefeldt, Tina LU ; Birkhofer, Klaus LU ; Dauber, Jens; Adams, Paul; Patil, Sopan; Pagella, Tim; Pettersson, Lars B. LU and Peck, Philip LU , et al. (2016) In Ambio 45(8). p.872-884
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Whilst life cycle assessment (LCA) boundaries are expanded to account for negative indirect consequences of bioenergy such as indirect land use change (ILUC), ecosystem services such as water purification sometimes delivered by perennial bioenergy crops are typically neglected in LCA studies. Consequential LCA was applied to evaluate the significance of nutrient interception and retention on the environmental balance of unfertilised energy willow planted on 50-m riparian buffer strips and drainage filtration zones in the Skåne region of Sweden. Excluding possible ILUC effects and considering oil heat substitution, strategically planted filter willow can achieve net global warming potential (GWP) and eutrophication potential (EP) savings... (More)

Whilst life cycle assessment (LCA) boundaries are expanded to account for negative indirect consequences of bioenergy such as indirect land use change (ILUC), ecosystem services such as water purification sometimes delivered by perennial bioenergy crops are typically neglected in LCA studies. Consequential LCA was applied to evaluate the significance of nutrient interception and retention on the environmental balance of unfertilised energy willow planted on 50-m riparian buffer strips and drainage filtration zones in the Skåne region of Sweden. Excluding possible ILUC effects and considering oil heat substitution, strategically planted filter willow can achieve net global warming potential (GWP) and eutrophication potential (EP) savings of up to 11.9 Mg CO2e and 47 kg PO4e ha−1 year−1, respectively, compared with a GWP saving of 14.8 Mg CO2e ha−1 year−1 and an EP increase of 7 kg PO4e ha−1 year−1 for fertilised willow. Planting willow on appropriate buffer and filter zones throughout Skåne could avoid 626 Mg year−1 PO4e nutrient loading to waters.

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  abstract     = {<p>Whilst life cycle assessment (LCA) boundaries are expanded to account for negative indirect consequences of bioenergy such as indirect land use change (ILUC), ecosystem services such as water purification sometimes delivered by perennial bioenergy crops are typically neglected in LCA studies. Consequential LCA was applied to evaluate the significance of nutrient interception and retention on the environmental balance of unfertilised energy willow planted on 50-m riparian buffer strips and drainage filtration zones in the Skåne region of Sweden. Excluding possible ILUC effects and considering oil heat substitution, strategically planted filter willow can achieve net global warming potential (GWP) and eutrophication potential (EP) savings of up to 11.9 Mg CO<sub>2</sub>e and 47 kg PO<sub>4</sub>e ha<sup>−1</sup> year<sup>−1</sup>, respectively, compared with a GWP saving of 14.8 Mg CO<sub>2</sub>e ha<sup>−1</sup> year<sup>−1</sup> and an EP increase of 7 kg PO<sub>4</sub>e ha<sup>−1</sup> year<sup>−1</sup> for fertilised willow. Planting willow on appropriate buffer and filter zones throughout Skåne could avoid 626 Mg year<sup>−1</sup> PO<sub>4</sub>e nutrient loading to waters.</p>},
  author       = {Styles, David and Börjesson, Pål and DHertefeldt, Tina and Birkhofer, Klaus and Dauber, Jens and Adams, Paul and Patil, Sopan and Pagella, Tim and Pettersson, Lars B. and Peck, Philip and Vaneeckhaute, Céline and Rosenqvist, Håkan},
  issn         = {0044-7447},
  keyword      = {Agriculture,Bioenergy,Environment,Eutrophication,Greenhouse gas emissions,LCA},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {872--884},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Ambio},
  title        = {Climate regulation, energy provisioning and water purification : Quantifying ecosystem service delivery of bioenergy willow grown on riparian buffer zones using life cycle assessment},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-016-0790-9},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2016},
}