Study shows carbon debt on arid biofuels production difficult to pay back

January 28, 2013 |

In Belgium, a new study led by researchers from the University of Leuven shows that converting arid or semi-arid land to biofuel crops such as biodiesel could be counter-productive to environmental goals. The study says that 30 years would be required to repay the carbon debt from jatropha production—if the yield reached 9 to 14 tonnes of seeds per hectare per year—due to the carbon stocks on the converted land as well as emissions associated with tilling and land clearing.

Tags: , ,

Category: Research

Comments are closed.