Quantifying land use of oil sands production : a life cycle perspective

  title={Quantifying land use of oil sands production : a life cycle perspective},
  author={Sarah M Jordaan and David W. Keith and Brad Stelfox},
Methods for the inclusion of land use in life cycle assessment are not well established. Here, we describe an approach that compares land disturbance between spatially compact and diffuse activities that contribute to the life cycle of a single product, in this case synthetic crude from Alberta’s oil sands. We compare production using surface mining and in situ extraction technologies. In situ technologies disturb less land per unit of production than surface mining, but the spatial footprint… CONTINUE READING


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