About the project

A desire in society to reduce the use of fossil fuels has led to a search of renewable options. Lately, social aspects of the production of biofuels have come into focus. However, research has addressed a limited set of social impacts, and not those from fossil fuels.

In this project we have applied the methodology of social life cycle assessment on different biofuels, and fossil fuels. The objective was to identify the main social and socioeconomic impacts from the life cycle of all assessed fuels in a comparable way, and see how these are incorporated in existing policies and certification schemes.

The project contributes to improved knowledge on social impacts from the selected fuels and guidance on how to use the results in policy-making and integrate them with other evaluations.


Elisabeth Ekener, KTH


Göran Finnveden, KTH // Jonas Höglund, Julia Hansson and Tomas Ekvall, IVL

Time plan
October 2012 - September 2013

Total project cost
1 183 000 SEK

f3:s parter, KTH and IVL