Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Sustainability Indicators of Biomass Technologies with Other Energy Generation Options

A. Evans, V. Strezov & T.J. Evans
The sustainability of electricity generation from biomass dedicated energy crops and biomass waste residues has been compared to that from coal, gas, nuclear and other renewable energy generation options. The assessment was conducted using sustainability indicators across the life cycle of each technology. The sustainability indicators selected for this assessment were electricity price, efficiency of energy generation, greenhouse gas emissions, availability and limitations of each technology, land and water use requirements and social impacts. Overall,...