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GHG-Balance of rapeseed production

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Joint research project: Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from rapeseed cultivation with special focus on nitrogen fertilization; Project part 1: Site-specific GHG-calculation of rapeseed cultivation

The European Union and Germany aim for significant fractions of fuel supply to be produced from biomass. Rapeseed oil is currently the most important renewable resource for biodiesel.

Background and Objective

Since 2011, the EU Renewable Energy Directive requires biofuels to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by 35 % compared to fossil fuels. This value increases to 50 % in 2017 and challenges the production of rapeseed as renewable energy resource. Whether production of biodiesel can achieve the obligatory reduction of greenhouse gas emission predominantly depends on  rape yield and emissions from the agricultural production chain.

Target Group

The project is geared towards agricultural praxis and consulting, policy makers and the emission inventory for the agricultural sector.


Regionalised environmental impacts of energy crop production are calculated for five locations in Germany using LCA

Data and Methods

We use measured emission data (NH3, N2O, CH4, etc.) in order to derive regional-specific emission factors for various gases after digestate application that can be applied in LCA

Funding Body

  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
    (national, öffentlich)


8.2015 - 8.2017

More Information

Funding program: FNR
Project status: finished

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