The Influence of Crop Management in the Environmental Impact of Energy Crops Production

A.L. Fernando, M.P. Duarte, J. Almeida, S. Boléo, N. Di Virgilio & B. Mendes
Energy crops may have both positive and negative ecological effects. As bioenergy carriers they offer clear ecological advantages over fossil fuels, such as a positive carbon balance and low sulphur content. However, such benefits are accompanied by a series of possible ecological drawbacks. For instance there is a risk of polluting water with nitrates, phosphates and pesticides and also the danger of reducing the biodiversity when biomass is cultivated in monocultures. In the scope of...