Using Life Cycle Assessment to Facilitate Energy Mix Planning in the Galapagos Islands

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Part of the Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands book series (SESGI)

Abstract

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used in this chapter to compare the environmental impacts and economic viability of alternatives to diesel fuel shipments to the Galapagos Islands. Two alternative energy mix options are analysed and compared on GHG emissions with current diesel and gasoline imports using LCA. Results suggest that Jatropha biodiesel has the lowest GHG emission potential. However there is a lack of available data specific to LCA related to environmental, social and economic factors which currently limit the potential of LCA for decision-support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energy and Environment Systems Group (EESG), Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education (CEERE), Department of Chemical and Petroleum EngineeringSchulich School of Engineering, University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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