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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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06-08-2020 | LCA OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Comparative LCA of concrete with recycled aggregates: a circular economy mindset in Europe

Construction and demolition waste (C&DW) are the heaviest and most voluminous waste streams generated in the EU and all over the world. C&DW waste generation around the world reached approximately 3 billion tonnes (Akhtar and Sarmah 2018 ). While …

06-08-2020 | DATA AVAILABILITY, DATA QUALITY Open Access

Upscaling methods used in ex ante life cycle assessment of emerging technologies: a review

The environmental assessment of emerging technologies at an early phase of their development has received increasing attention over the past few years (Wender et al. 2014 ). An increasing number of novel technologies are claimed to be …

03-08-2020 | UNCERTAINTIES IN LCA

Perceived uncertainties of characterization in LCA: a survey

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a decision-support tool that quantifies the environmental impacts of products throughout their life cycles (International Standard Organization 1997 ). Life cycle assessment often involves the use of uncertain data …

03-08-2020 | LCA FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

Are large-scale dams environmentally detrimental? Life-cycle environmental consequences of mega-hydropower plants in Myanmar

Myanmar currently has one of the lowest electrification rates in Asia, with less than one-third of the population having access to the electricity grid. There is also a marked rural-urban divide in access to electricity, with 75% of the urban …

03-08-2020 | Sustainability of Food P&P Systems Open Access

Environmental performance scenarios in the production of hollow glass containers for food packaging: an LCA approach

In recent decades, we have witnessed a constant growth in the world population, which implies a greater demand for food production (Caldeira et al. 2019 ). The increasing need to produce more food to satisfy the growing world demand has led to a …

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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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