Data for life cycle assessment of legume biorefining for alcohol

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

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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
Number of pages7
JournalData in Brief
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Pea
  • Legumes
  • Life cycle assessment
  • LCA
  • Animal feed
  • DDGS
  • Distillation
  • Ethanol


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