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Environmental and economic trade-offs of switchgrass supply chain for biofuel in Tennessee


  • Zhong, Jia
  • Yu, T. Edward
  • English, Burton
  • Larson, James


The low efficiency of feedstock storage and transportation hinders commercialization of a switchgrass-based biofuel industry although the feedstock has various environmental benefits. This study develops a sustainable switchgrass supply chain that balances its economic and environmental performance, including soil erosion, and GHG emissions using a multi-objective optimization model based on high-resolution spatial data in Tennessee. Results suggest that the best preferred location for biorefinery, plantation area, and the type of land converted to switchgrass are crucial to trade-off relation between industrial cost and environmental performance of the feedstock supply chain.

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  • Zhong, Jia & Yu, T. Edward & English, Burton & Larson, James, 2015. "Environmental and economic trade-offs of switchgrass supply chain for biofuel in Tennessee," 2015 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia 196898, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea15:196898

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