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08-04-2021 | WOOD AND OTHER RENEWABLE RESOURCES

Wood forest resource consumption impact assessment based on a scarcity index accounting for wood functionality and substitutability (WoodSI)

Forests are important livelihoods for millions of people and contribute to the economic development of many countries. Forest ecosystems cover approximately 30% of the global land area, but since 1990, the world’s forested areas have been …

Authors:
Gabrielle Frankiewicz Odppes, Cécile Bulle, Cássia Maria Lie Ugaya

08-04-2021 | BUILDING COMPONENTS AND BUILDINGS Open Access

Sharing is caring - the importance of capital goods when assessing environmental impacts from private and shared laundry systems in Sweden

A recent study of 43 countries showed that household consumption causes more than 60% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and between 50% and 80% of total land, material, and water use (Ivanova et al. 2016 ). The most dominant categories were …

Authors:
Erik Klint, Gregory Peters

06-04-2021 | LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT

Development of a method for estimating product-specific leakage propensity and its inclusion into the life cycle management of plastic products

The global agenda to address the increasing accumulation of plastic in the marine environment is starting to recognise country- and value-chain specific contexts to be of key importance, within a life-cycle based approach (UNEP 2020 ). Broadly …

Authors:
Takunda Y. Chitaka, Harro von Blottnitz

05-04-2021 | LCIA OF IMPACTS ON HUMAN HEALTH AND ECOSYSTEMS Open Access

Exposure and toxicity characterization of chemical emissions and chemicals in products: global recommendations and implementation in USEtox

Reducing chemical pressure on human and ecological health is an integral part of the global sustainability agenda. This includes the reduction of chemical emissions into the natural environment along product life cycles as well as the reduction of …

Authors:
Peter Fantke, Weihsueh A. Chiu, Lesa Aylward, Richard Judson, Lei Huang, Suji Jang, Todd Gouin, Lorenz Rhomberg, Nicolò Aurisano, Thomas McKone, Olivier Jolliet

01-04-2021 | LCI METHODOLOGY AND DATABASES

“Allocation at the point of substitution” applied to recycled rare earth elements: what can we learn?

One of the most challenging steps in a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the application of an allocation procedure, especially when the system under study is multifunctional due to recycling. In an attributional LCA, recycling could be modeled by …

Authors:
Dieuwertje L. Schrijvers, Philippe Loubet, Guido Sonnemann

01-04-2021 | Editorial Open Access

Life cycle assessment of decarbonization options—towards scientifically robust carbon neutrality

Climate or carbon neutrality is a key concept to tackle climate change in both public and private organizations (we use the term carbon neutral as synonym for climate neutral for the purpose of this editorial). The Paris agreement (UNFCC 2015 ) …

Authors:
Matthias Finkbeiner, Vanessa Bach

01-04-2021 | LCA FOR AGRICULTURE

Improving environmental performance in wine production by life cycle assessment: case of Lebanese wine

Winemaking is a tradition of more than a thousand years. Lebanese wine can be traced back to the Phoenicians (Celestino Pérez et al. 2013 ). Despite its rich history, it is not without ups and downs and survives many obstacles. According to the …

Authors:
Walid Harb, Rola Zaydan, Marisa Vieira

31-03-2021 | WATER USE IN LCA Open Access

Assessing local impacts of water use on human health: evaluation of water footprint models in the Province Punjab, Pakistan

The pressure on the resource water and associated risks for human well-being gained international attention recently (Hameeteman 2013 ; The World Bank 2019 ). According to UN-Water ( 2019 ), global water withdrawals are predicted to increase by up …

Authors:
Natalia Mikosch, Markus Berger, Elena Huber, Matthias Finkbeiner

31-03-2021 | LCA FOR AGRICULTURE Open Access

A scalable and spatiotemporally resolved agricultural life cycle assessment of California almonds

Authors:
Elias Marvinney, Alissa Kendall

30-03-2021 | SOCIETAL LCA Open Access

Cause-effect chains in S-LCA based on DPSIR framework using Markov healthcare model: an application to “working hours” in Canada

Social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) was the last tool to be developed within the framework of life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA). While recognizing the importance of integrating social impacts in life cycle assessment (LCA) started in …

Authors:
Marwa B. Hannouf, Getachew Assefa, Malek B. Hannouf, Ian Gates

29-03-2021 | Commentary and Discussion Article

Normalization in LCA: how to ensure consistency?

Authors:
Arnaud Hélias, Rémi Servien

24-03-2021 | WATER USE IN LCA

Mapping the local impacts of water consumption with regionalized three-dimensional arrays

Impacts due to water consumption, or consequential changes in water availability, have only been considered in life cycle assessments (LCA) for no more than a decade. Recent progress has mainly been focused on such area as the life cycle impact …

Authors:
Chia-Chun Lin, Pei-Te Chiueh

22-03-2021 | LIFE CYCLE SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT

Applying three pillar indicator assessments on alternative floor systems: life cycle study

The sustainability aspects of buildings are challenging issues in the construction sector on the local, regional and global scales. The construction sector contributes more than 30% of greenhouse gases (GHG) around the world, and it also consumes …

Authors:
Ali Tighnavard Balasbaneh, David Yeoh, Mohd Irwan Juki, Adel Gohari, Ahmad Razin Zainal Abidin, Abdul Kadir Bin Marsono

21-03-2021 | UNCERTAINTIES IN LCA

Development and demonstration of an uncertainty management methodology for life cycle assessment in a tiered-hybrid case study of an Irish apartment development

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to assess the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life cycle, including raw material extraction, production, manufacture, use and disposal (ISO 14044 2006 ). LCA is …

Authors:
Deidre Wolff, Aidan Duffy

16-03-2021 | CONFERENCE REPORT Open Access

The 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Management 2021—Stuttgart, Germany, September 05–08, 2021

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, University of Stuttgart, German Sustainable Building Council DGNB, and Festo SE & Co. KG invite you to participate in the 10th Conference on Life Cycle Management “Building a Sustainable Future Based on …

Authors:
Matthias Fischer, Mercedes Barkmeyer, Stefan Albrecht, Anna Braune, Philip Leistner, Rainer Seifert, Johannes Kreissig

12-03-2021 | Sustainable Food Production and Consumption

Life cycle environmental and economic impact of a food waste recycling-farming system: a case study of organic vegetable farming in Japan

Reducing and recycling food waste recently became an urgent issue for sustainable food systems. Recycling food waste creates new resources and can improve the environmental and economic impacts of the food system. A closed food loop by recycling …

Authors:
Naoki Yoshikawa, Tomoya Matsuda, Koji Amano

03-03-2021 | LCA FOR AGRICULTURE

Multifunctional modelling in the life cycle assessment of honey considering pollination

The United Nations 2030 Agenda (UN, 2016 ) has clearly defined the need for a transition towards sustainable development. Amongst the various Goals set by the Agenda, Goal 15 undoubtedly stressed the protection, restoration and sustainable use of …

Authors:
Ioannis Arzoumanidis, Luigia Petti, Domenico Raucci, Andrea Raggi

01-03-2021 | LCA FOR MANUFACTURING AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

A comparative LCA as a tool for evaluating existing best available techniques (BATs) in facing brick manufacturing and more eco-sustainable coating solutions

Facing bricks are ceramic components present in external walls of building structures. They are part of so-called structural ceramics and generally grouped into the bricks and roof tiles sector (BAT 2007 ; Hashmi 2014 ). Such bricks consist in …

Authors:
Luca Silvestri, Elisabetta Palumbo, Marzia Traverso, Antonio Forcina

21-02-2021 | REGIONAL TOPICS FROM LATIN AMERICA

Reducing the carbon and water footprints of Brazilian green coconut

Coconut ( Cocos nucífera , L ) is cultivated in several countries and in all five continents. In 2017, the world coconut production comprised 12,303,924 harvested hectares and 60,773,436 tons of coconut (FAO 2019 ). In recent years, the production …

Authors:
Ana Paula C. Sampaio, Anne Karolyne P. Silva, Júlio R. A. de Amorim, Antônio D. Santiago, Fábio R. de Miranda, Viviane S. Barros, Marta Celina L. Sales, Maria Cléa B. de Figueirêdo

11-02-2021 | LCA FOR MANUFACTURING AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

Global scale life cycle environmental impacts of single- and multi-walled carbon nanotube synthesis processes

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are one of the top produced engineered nanomaterials (ENM) with more than a 26% market share of the overall nanomaterials industry (Grand View Research 2020 ). CNTs are strong, light, efficient, flexible, wearable; and have …

Authors:
Sila Temizel-Sekeryan, Fan Wu, Andrea L. Hicks