The Effect of Soil Organic Carbon and the Time Frame on the GWP in a Short Rotation Coppice LCA

N. Ericsson, C. Porsö, Å. Nordberg & P.-A. Hansson
The energy delivered from short rotation coppice willow is expected to increase in Sweden. Expanding the area of willow will lead to land use changes which may affect soil organic carbon stocks. Many previous life cycle assessments on climate impact of willow exclude soil organic stock changes. These studies also use different system time frames, depending on how long the plantation is expected to prevail. In the present work the global warming potential was assessed...