Data for life cycle assessment of legume biorefining for alcohol: Data article - refers to: Just the tonic! Legume biorefining for alcohol has the potential to reduce Europe's protein deficit and mitigate climate change, Environment International, Volume 130, September 2019, 104870

Theophile Lienhardt, Kirsty Black, Sophie Saget, Marcela Costa, David Chadwick, RM Rees, Michael Williams, Charles Spillane, Pietro Iannetta, Graeme Walker, David Styles*

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    Abstract

    Benchmarking the environmental sustainability of alcohol produced
    from legume starch against alcohol produced from cereal
    grains requires considering of crop production, nutrient cycling
    and use of protein-rich co-products via life cycle assessment. This
    article describes the mass balance flows behind the life cycle inventories
    for gin produced from wheat and peas (Pisum sativum L.)
    in an associated article summarising the environmental footprints
    of wheat- and pea-gin [1], and also presents detailed supplementary
    results. Activity data were collected from interviews with
    actors along the entire gin value chain including a distillery
    manager and ingredient and packaging suppliers. Important fertiliser
    and animal-feed substitution effects of co-product use were
    derived using detailed information and models on nutrient flows
    and animal feed composition, along with linear optimisation
    modelling. Secondary data on environmental burdens of specific
    materials and processes were obtained from the Ecoinvent v3.4 life cycle assessment database. This article provides a basis for further
    quantitative evaluation of the environmental sustainability of
    legume-alcohol value chains.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number104242
    JournalData in Brief
    Volume25
    Early online date8 Aug 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPrint publication - Aug 2019

    Keywords

    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Legume
    • Biorefining

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