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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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16-11-2018 | HEALTHCARE

Harmonized rules for future LCAs on pharmaceutical products and processes

14-11-2018 | BUILDING COMPONENTS AND BUILDINGS

Integrating exposure to chemicals in building materials during use stage

By the late 1960s, enclosed glass and steel buildings was popularized as the standard design for buildings in cities and rapidly expanding suburbs. These buildings required massive heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that …

14-11-2018 | LCA FOR AGRICULTURE

Quantifying life cycle inventories of agricultural field operations by considering different operational parameters

The agricultural production sector has been recognised as a major emitter of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), contributing to 14% of the global net carbon dioxide emissions (IPCC 2006 ). In order to make useful decisions for developing …

13-11-2018 | DEVELOPMENT OF GLOBAL SCALE LCIA METHOD Open Access

Preface

The concept of lifecycle assessment (LCA) had appeared in the beginning of 1970s, and lifecycle impact assessment (LCIA) methods had been developed mainly in Europe and the USA since 1990s. In the early stage of LCIA, the middle point approaches …

12-11-2018 | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Both completing system boundaries and realistic modeling of the economy are of interest for life cycle assessment—a reply to “Moving from completing system boundaries to more realistic modeling of the economy in life cycle assessment” by Yang and Heijungs (2018)

As Yang and Heijungs (Int J Life Cycle Assess https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-018-1532-y , 2018) bring forward, there is indeed a need for “more realistic modeling of the economy” in LCA. However, what I discuss in this letter is that this does not …

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About this journal

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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