At the present time, there is a raw materials used in automobile industry pdf increasing interest for using non-woody fibres as raw materials for pulp mills. One ton of fibre entering the pulp mill was used as functional unit in both systems. Data for the background system such as production of chemicals and pesticides, machinery or electricity were taken from the Ecoinvent database.
The CML baseline 2000 methodology was selected to quantify the potential environmental impact associated to the crops. Production of hemp fibre reported higher values for all the impact categories analyzed. On the contrary, flow indicators were more intensive in the flax scenario due to irrigation and pesticide consumption. LCA tool aided to identify the hot spots, so that a proposal for upgrading alternatives to reduce environmental impacts could be made.