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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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Carbon footprints of grain-, forage-, and energy-based cropping systems in the North China plain

Increasing anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture contributes to global climate change (IPCC 2006 ). Agricultural practices, such as crop inputs, farming operations, and planting techniques, contribute a large proportion of …


Environmental and economic impact of using new-generation wide-base tires

Despite its introduction in 1908, the early wide-base tire was not used in truck transportation because of several drawbacks associated with it, such as an uncomfortable ride and a greater risk of impact damage to the tire. After more than two …


Current trends and limitations of life cycle assessment applied to the urban scale: critical analysis and review of selected literature

Cities are the major poles of aggregation of human beings, and, for the first time in human history, since 2010 more than one person out of two are living in an urban area (Yetano Roche et al. 2014 ; United Nations 2012 ). In the past decades …


How to treat uncertainties in life cycle assessment studies?

Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology is now a recognized and widespread approach for evaluating the environmental impacts of products, technologies, and policies. The use of LCA as a decision support tool can, however, be hampered by the …


Life cycle assessment of retaining wall backfilled with shredded tires

It was estimated that 13.5 million tons of tires is scrapped annually worldwide (Ware 2015 ). The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) reported that 242.8 million scrap tires were generated in the USA in 2015 (RMA 2016 ). Every year, about 3.2 …

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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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