Sustainable biorefineries, an analysis of practices for incorporating sustainability in biorefinery design

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Abstract

The incorporation of sustainability in the design of biorefineries is central for the development of the biobased economy. In this paper sustainability methods and metrics in current biorefinery design practices are analyzed to identify challenges and opportunities for future improvements in the field. Generally, there is a need for an integral analysis that includes societal impacts and goes beyond the automatic use of metrics for predefined issues. Although efforts have been made to develop more integral sustainability analyses for biorefinery design, they are often challenged by disciplinary boundaries that yield a narrow scope of analysis (e.g. conversion process, supply chain), and are blind to contextual settings or stakeholder perspectives. Multi and trans-disciplinary, inclusive and context aware approaches are identified as opportunities to overcome them in future developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-123
Number of pages19
JournalIndustrial Crops and Products
Volume106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Biorefinery design
  • Biorefinery supply chain
  • Integral sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable biorefinery

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