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Biodiesel-TBL plus : A new hierarchical sustainability assessment framework of PC&I for biodiesel production - Part I

Abstract : Sustainability assessment of biodiesel production is a topic of increasing importance due to the interest of governments to define sovereignty strategies and diversification of their energy matrix, and to set up the impact of biofuels production. In this context, this work aims to propose a hierarchical structure of sustainability assessment that integrates dimensions of sustainable development with principles, criteria and indicators (PC&I). The method employed to define the hierarchical structure was a comprehensive literature review, based on information search strategy and classification. About 400 documents were reviewed and 103 documents were ultimately selected, including laws, policy documents, certificates, directives and other normative documents and papers published in peer-reviewed journals. The first result of the analysis was the need to strengthen identification of the sustainable development assessment, adding the political and technological dimensions to the three traditional dimensions, social, economic and environmental, studied in this kind of evaluation. The second result was the proposal of a hierarchical framework for the sustainability assessment of biodiesel production, organized in four levels: the first level comprises the five dimensions associated with sustainable development evaluation, the second includes 13 principles, the third contains 40 criteria and the fourth level corresponds to a set of indicators that describes each criterion. Outcomes of this work provide a foundation for further discussion of sustainability assessments for biodiesel production and its potential application in specific contexts.
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Sandra Bautista, P. Narvaez, Mauricio Camargo, Olivier Chery, Laure Morel. Biodiesel-TBL plus : A new hierarchical sustainability assessment framework of PC&I for biodiesel production - Part I. Ecological Indicators, Elsevier, 2016, 60, pp.84-107. ⟨10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.06.020⟩. ⟨hal-01522499⟩



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