FRAW site index
Free Range Library index

Free Range Library
categories:

Anarchism & Action

Climate Change

Croughtonwatch

Cyberwar

Direct Action & Protest

Economics

Energy

Electrosmog

Extreme Energy

Extr. Energy Climate

Extr. Energy Economics

Extr. Energy Nature

Extr. Energy Pollution

Extr. Energy Radiation

Food & Agriculture

FOSS & Linux

Hacktivism

Land Rights

'Limits to Growth'

Neo-Luddism

Nuclear

Peace

Peak Oil

Planning System

Politics

Simplicity

Technology

Toxics

Transport

UCG

UK Government

UK Parliament

Vegans/Vegetarians

Waste

50 most recently added files index

Free Range Library indexes last updated 13:35, 17/04/2018

This form allows you to search the resource IDs and resource titles of the files in the Free Range Library. If a full match to a key cannot be found, a list of partial matches is returned.

library logo

The Free Range Virtual Library:

Life cycle environmental impacts of UK shale gas

Journal of Applied Energy, vol.134 pp.506-518, 06/09/2014


Free Range Library News & Events

10/04/18: Library database engine updated.

28/08/17: Library database engine updated (FRAW Library should be listed on searches more easily now).

10/08/17: Further changes to the website architecture completed to allowed continued expansion of the library.

22/12/16: 14 papers have been added to the Extreme Energy, Climate Change and UK Government sections.

22/11/16: 60 papers have been added to the Extreme Energy section.

back to previous page

Resource information:
Resource IDstamfordazapagic2014
Resource titleLife cycle environmental impacts of UK shale gas
Author(s)Laurence Stamford, Adisa Azapagic
Publication/ sourceJournal of Applied Energy, vol.134 pp.506-518
Date published06/09/2014
Summary text/ abstractExploitation of shale gas in the UK is at a very early stage, but with the latest estimates suggesting potential resources of 3.8x10^13 cubic metres – enough to supply the UK for next 470 years – it is viewed by many as an exciting economic prospect. However, its environmental impacts are currently unknown. This is the focus of this paper which estimates for the first time the life cycle impacts of UK shale gas, assuming its use for electricity generation. Shale gas is compared to fossil-fuel alternatives (conventional gas and coal) and low-carbon options (nuclear, offshore wind and solar photovoltaics). The results suggest that the impacts range widely, depending on the assumptions. For example, the global warming potential (GWP100) of electricity from shale gas ranges from 412 to 1102 g CO2-eq./kWh with a central estimate of 462g. The central estimates suggest that shale gas is comparable or superior to conventional gas and low-carbon technologies for depletion of abiotic resources, eutrophication, and freshwater, marine and human toxicities. Conversely, it has a higher potential for creation of photochemical oxidants (smog) and terrestrial toxicity than any other option considered. For acidification, shale gas is a better option than coal power but an order of magnitude worse than the other options. The impact on ozone layer depletion is within the range found for conventional gas, but nuclear and wind power are better options still. The results of this research highlight the need for tight regulation and further analysis once typical UK values of key parameters for shale gas are established, including its composition, recovery per well, fugitive emissions and disposal of drilling waste.
Library categoriesClimate Change, Extr. Energy Climate
Added to Free Range Library15/10/2014
Download file(s):

file iconLife cycle environmental impacts of UK shale gas [1.5 megabytes]


back to previous page

[an error occurred while processing this directive]