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Environmental analysis of the energy use of hemp – analysis of the comparative life cycle: diesel oil vs. hemp–diesel


  • Xaquin Acosta Casas
  • Joan Rieradevall i Pons


Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) is a herbaceous crop with a potential production of 12 tons of dry matter per hectare and a seed output of 0.5–2 tons per hectare, depending on its handling. The agro-ecological aspects and the high yield of vegetable biomass from hemp farming are the factors that indicate a possible interest in this plant from the point of view of energy use, but in order to validate this it is necessary to carry out a Life Cycle Analysis. It is to be observed that the hemp energy resources come from the vegetable biomass used as fuel, or by obtaining bio-diesel from the oil derived from its seeds. In order to carry out the environmental analysis of the energy use of hemp-diesel the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has been used as an environmental tool which has allowed for a comparison of the results obtained with those of diesel oil.

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  • Xaquin Acosta Casas & Joan Rieradevall i Pons, 2005. "Environmental analysis of the energy use of hemp – analysis of the comparative life cycle: diesel oil vs. hemp–diesel," International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 4(2), pages 133-139.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijarge:v:4:y:2005:i:2:p:133-139

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    1. Rehman, Muhammad Saif Ur & Rashid, Naim & Saif, Ameena & Mahmood, Tariq & Han, Jong-In, 2013. "Potential of bioenergy production from industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa): Pakistan perspective," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 18(C), pages 154-164.


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