May Energy Crops Help to Mitigate Climate Change? Environmental and Economic Assessment of Triticale Cultivation as Energy Crop in Spain

C. Lago, I. Herrera, M. Santamaría, N. Caldés & Y. Lechón
Life cycle assessment of Triticale (Triticum ssp x secale cereale) cultivation has been conducted to analyze its environmental contribution to mitigate climate change. To do so, all the burdens along the agricultural life cycle have been computed, from field works to fertilization and biocides including also transportation of raw materials and biomass transport to power plant or storage facility. Economic analysis of triticale has been carried out by calculation of production costs and its profitability.