Increase of Biofuel Crop Production in Romania over the Last Decades - Possible Impacts on Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Land Use

  • Vasilica STAN University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Plant Sciences Department, 59 Marasti, Sector 1, 011464, Bucharest
  • Gina FÎNTÎNERU University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Economy, Accounting and Rural Tourism Department, 59 Marasti, Sector 1, 011464, Bucharest
  • Viorel ION University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Plant Sciences Department, 59 Marasti, Sector 1, 011464, Bucharest

Abstract

The interest in biofuels is growing globally and the demand for bioenergy throughout the European Union will expand considerably in the following years. Numerous studies have shown that energy resulted from green plants has much to offer, as it is renewable and largely carbon-neutral compared with fossil fuel combustion. However, this is an increasingly controversial issue due to its strong impact on economy, environment and land use. Romania is one of the European Union Member States with a large biofuel production resources, owing to its high land agricultural area and good conditions for cereal and oilseed growth. There has been an increasing tendency to grow biofuels in the Romanian cultivated areas over the last decades; however, it is difficult to know if biofuel production is sustainable in this part of Europe and what impact may have unsustainable production since there is no or scientific research on this topic. The aim of this paper is to present the dynamics of biofuel crops (biodiesel) areas in Romania over the last decade, and to introduce a short review on the possible impacts on the environment, greenhouse gas emissions (GES) and land use in order to defend the need of information for our particular situation.

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Published
2014-12-02
How to Cite
STAN, V., FÎNTÎNERU, G., & ION, V. (2014). Increase of Biofuel Crop Production in Romania over the Last Decades - Possible Impacts on Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Land Use. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 42(2), 325-332. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha4229740
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Review Articles