Environmental Sustainability of Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

Richard Lowrance, Adam Davis

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Environmental sustainability analysis of cellulosic bioenergy necessarily models industries that do not yet exist (cellulosic ethanol and renewable diesel). The environmental sustainability of feedstock production systems will depend on several factors, including their effects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, soil and water resources, wildlife, and whether the feedstock is a potentially invasive species or can harbor them. These direct effects are generally determined based on direct land use change from annual crops, managed perennial vegetation (perennial pastures, industrial or non-industrial forest plantations), or other types of perennial vegetation (natural forest or grassland).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCellulosic Energy Cropping Systems
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118676332
ISBN (Print)9781119991946
StatePublished - Apr 7 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodiversity
  • Cellulosic energy cropping systems
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) effects
  • Invasive species
  • Soil properties
  • Water quality
  • Water quantity
  • Wildlife

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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