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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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16-08-2018 | Review

LCA of aquaculture systems: methodological issues and potential improvements

Because of a growing global population, food demand currently faces a significant increase, which is expected to intensify in the future (UN 2017 ). As a main diet component in many countries and a healthy source of protein, seafood demand is no …

15-08-2018 | LCA FOR AGRICULTURE Open Access

Applying the nutrient footprint method to the beef production and consumption chain

Demand for apatite mining for phosphorus (P) and for conversion of nitrogen (N) into its reactive form for use in fertilisers has increased the use of P and N. Even though nutrient balances and emissions of N and P have been monitored extensively …

15-08-2018 | WATER USE IN LCA

Applying water scarcity footprint methodologies to milk production in Finland

The global water crisis requires researchers to incorporate water issues into the environmental impact assessments of products, particularly food products, the production of which represents most of the world’s water consumption. According to …


Environmental assessment of masonry mortars made with natural and recycled aggregates

Construction in Europe uses half of the raw materials extracted and generates around a third of the total amount of waste (European Commission 2011 ). In 2014, for example, the aggregates demand amounted to 2.7 billion tonnes in Europe, and 90 …


The Sustainability Price: expanding Environmental Life Cycle Costing to include the costs of poverty and climate change

This article develops a new measure called the sustainability price (SP) to capture the concept of needs in the Brundtland definition of sustainable development, which gives an ‘overriding priority’ to the essential needs of the world’s poor and …

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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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