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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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12-01-2019 | POLICIES AND SUPPORT IN RELATION TO LCA

Development of Eco-factors for the European Union based on the Ecological Scarcity Method

Many comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) studies (e.g., Modahl et al. 2012 ; Zhang et al. 2014 ; Payen et al. 2015 ; Berger et al. 2015 ; Cheroennet et al. 2016 ) showed conflicting life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) results, which highlights …

09-01-2019 | LAND USE IN LCA

National inventories of land occupation and transformation flows in the world for land use impact assessment

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a decision-support methodology used to quantitatively assess the environmental impacts associated with a product or system’s life cycle, i.e. from the extraction of the raw materials through the production and use or …

08-01-2019 | LCA FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

Environmental impact of evolving coffee technologies

Coffee is ubiquitous in the USA today, with an average of 1.7 kg consumed per person per year, comprising 19% of the world’s coffee consumption. Global coffee consumption is expected to increase by 25% in the next 5 years, particularly as …

08-01-2019 | LCA FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

Life cycle assessment of run-of-river hydropower plants in the Peruvian Andes: a policy support perspective

According to the latest report by the World Energy Council (WEC), hydropower accounts for approximately 16.4% of worldwide electricity generation, representing over 70% of total renewable energy (WEC 2016 ). However, the distribution of hydropower …

06-01-2019 | PACKAGING SYSTEMS INCLUDING RECYCLING

Refurbishment of office buildings in New Zealand: identifying priorities for reducing environmental impacts

Large-scale refurbishment of buildings with multiple energy efficiency measures is regarded as an important strategy for reducing energy demand and mitigating climate change. Numerous studies have highlighted that energy efficiency improvements to …

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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (Int J Life Cycle Assess) is the first journal devoted entirely to Life Cycle Assessment and closely related methods. LCA has become a recognized instrument to assess the ecological burdens and impacts throughout the consecutive and interlinked stages of a product system, from raw material acquisition or generation from natural resources, through production and use to final disposal. The Int J Life Cycle Assess is a forum for scientists developing LCA and LCM (Life Cycle Management); LCA and LCM practitioners; managers concerned with environmental aspects of products; governmental environmental agencies responsible for product quality; scientific and industrial societies involved in LCA development, and ecological institutions and bodies.

Papers on applied LCA/LCM, especially case studies, will be considered for publication if they are of general interest to the LCA/LCM community and present new insight or knowledge, such as a product that has been rarely or never assessed; a special interest operation, e.g. hydrofracking or Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS); novel methodology; or located in a non-mainstream region. In addition to LCA/LCM, papers on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) are also welcome. Life Cycle Costing (LCC) studies are considered for publication in the framework of LCSA (three pillar concept/triple bottom line).

Papers on the application of life cycle assessment methodology in single issue studies, such as greenhouse gas analysis as a means to assess carbon footprint, climate change, or global warming potential, will also be considered if the conclusions are clearly limited to the studied impacts. Discussion must indicate the limitations of not conducting a “full” LCA that accounts for all environmentally relevant impacts (i.e., the potential trade-offs).

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