Is Kenaf a sustainable land-use alternative for greenhouse gas emission mitigation in the Mediterranean Region?

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The main goal of this work was to quantify the magnitude of greenhouse gas emission reductions possible from utilising kenaf-fibres as a source of electricity and heat (when used as a solid fuel in a combined Heat and Power Plant) or as thermal insulation boards (as a fibre reinforced composite made by kenaf vegetable fibres which are incorporated in a polyester matrix). Detailed consideration of the greenhouse gas emissions balances suggests that the use of kenaf-fibres for the production of thermal insulation boards are favored over its use as an energy feedstock, where greenhouse gas emissions balances may be poor. The life-cycle impacts of kenaf board have been compared with the performance of a synthetic insulating product, such as polyurethane. Kenaf board production offers higher greenhouse gas emission reduction potential compared with polyurethane, and appears to represent an efficient land-use option for this purpose. Net total emissions were relatively insensitive to variation in cultivation emissions, but highly sensitive to the productivity of the crop
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition From Research to Industry and Markets -
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


Conference17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition From Research to Industry and Markets
Period1/01/09 → …

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