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19.09.2023 | BUILDING COMPONENTS AND BUILDINGS

Life cycle assessment of gas-based EAF steel production: environmental impacts and strategies for footprint reduction

Despite its significant contribution to the global economy, the steel industry is a significant energy consumer and a major polluter of the environment (An et al. 2018 ; Zhang and Huang 2017 ). Iran is a well-known steel producer, having produced …

verfasst von:
Maziar Ramezani Moziraji, Ghorban Ali Dezvareh, Majid Ehteshami, Mohammad Reza Sabour, Alireza Bazargan

Open Access 14.09.2023 | LIFE CYCLE SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT

Evaluating environmental, economic, and social aspects of an intensive pig production farm in the south of Brazil: a case study

Pork is one of the world’s most widely eaten meats, with consumption expected to increase (OECD-FAO Agricultural 2022 ). Brazil is the 4th largest producer globally, and one of the largest exporters (Brazil for business 2022 ). Pork is also …

verfasst von:
Michelle Savian, Carla da Penha Simon, Nicholas M. Holden

Open Access 13.09.2023 | UNCERTAINTIES IN LCA

A new life cycle impact assessment methodology for assessing the impact of abiotic resource use on future resource accessibility

Guinée and Heijungs ( 1995 ) clarified “natural resources” as minerals and materials found in the earth, ocean, or atmosphere, and biota that have not been industrially processed. As gifts from nature, they are closely linked to human well-being …

verfasst von:
Rose Nangah Mankaa, Marzia Traverso, Yichen Zhou

Open Access 13.09.2023 | LCI METHODOLOGY AND DATABASES

Problematic consequences of the inclusion of capital goods inventory data in Environmental Product Declarations

Over the last three decades, the inclusion of capital goods in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been debated among scholars and practitioners in the LCA community (Lasvaux et al. 2015 ; Turconi et al. 2014 ). Capital goods are physical assets used …

verfasst von:
Olubukola Tokede, Rob Rouwette

09.09.2023 | LCIA OF IMPACTS ON HUMAN HEALTH AND ECOSYSTEMS

Life cycle impact assessment framework for assessing physical effects on biota of marine microplastics emissions

Plastic pollution has become a global environmental issue especially in the marine environment because of its impacts on the marine ecosystem. Land-based sources of plastics eventually enter the ocean through different pathways. A recent study …

verfasst von:
Carla Hajjar, Cécile Bulle, Anne-Marie Boulay

09.09.2023 | SOCIETAL LCA

Estimation of the potential changes in the social impacts of transitioning to circular economy for multiple stakeholders — a case of Indian transportation infrastructure

The infrastructure sector in India is a growing and developing sector, consuming enormous amounts of energy, resources, capital, and human labor (Singhal et al. 2011 ). The investments in the nation’s infrastructure are on a rising trajectory and …

verfasst von:
Purva Mhatre-Shah, Vidyadhar Gedam, Seema Unnikrishnan

08.09.2023 | Author Correction

Author Correction to: Evaluating the environmental impact of debit card payments

verfasst von:
Erik Roos Lindgreen, Milan van Schendel, Nicole Jonker, Jorieke Kloek, Lonneke de Graaff, Marc Davidson

Open Access 05.09.2023 | PACKAGING SYSTEMS INCLUDING RECYCLING

Integrating consumer behaviour into the environmental assessment of circular packaging: a scoping review

The circular economy (CE) concept builds on the well-known and established concepts of waste management, ecoefficiency and resource value retention (Reike et al. 2018 ). It provides a renovated view of how our society should produce and consume …

verfasst von:
Blanca Corona, Vivian S. C. Tunn, Karlijn L. van den Broek

Open Access 04.09.2023 | LCA FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

Product-group-specific nutrient index as a nutritional functional unit for the Life Cycle Assessment of protein-rich foods

Food production and consumption greatly contribute to environmental changes (Campbell et al. 2017 ). Food consumption also has extensive health effects. It has been estimated that improvements in diet quality could prevent one out of every five …

verfasst von:
Venla Kyttä, Anna Kårlund, Tiina Pellinen, Oona Pietiläinen, Hanna L. Tuomisto, Marjukka Kolehmainen, Anne-Maria Pajari, Merja Saarinen

Open Access 01.09.2023 | LCIA OF IMPACTS ON HUMAN HEALTH AND ECOSYSTEMS

Characterizing human health damage from ionizing radiation in life cycle assessment

The term ionizing radiation refers to a form of high-energy radiation that is capable of detaching electrons from atoms or molecules, typically forming ions (hence the term “ionizing”) (UNEP 2016 ; US Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2021 ). This …

verfasst von:
Andrea Paulillo, Thomas E McKone, Peter Fantke

31.08.2023 | LIFE CYCLE SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT

A multicriteria approach for consumption footprint in higher education institutions before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

Higher education institutions (HEI) have been recognized as key actors for sustainable development (Ali et al. 2021 ; Purcell et al. 2019 ). Various organizations, such as the United Nations supported initiative “Principles of Responsible …

verfasst von:
Gabriela Giusti, Antonio Carlos Farrapo Junior, Tiago F. A. C. Sigahi, Patrícia Saltorato, José Geraldo Vidal Vieira, Diogo A. Lopes Silva

Open Access 29.08.2023 | WOOD AND OTHER RENEWABLE RESOURCES

Life cycle assessment of sitka spruce forest products grown in Ireland

In recent years, there has been a drive to reduce the impact of human activities on the environment. The construction industry is seen as a key sector in need of improvement and the ability to quantify the environmental impacts associated with …

verfasst von:
Desmond Dolan, Conan O’Ceallaigh, David Gil-Moreno, Patrick J. McGetrick, Annette M. Harte

29.08.2023 | LIFE CYCLE SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT

Life-cycle cost (LCC) applied to hydrogen technologies: a review

Due to its properties, hydrogen is considered to be one of the most effective energy carriers for meeting the world’s energy needs and at the same time reducing CO 2 emissions and their impact on global warming (Demirbas 2017 ; Proost 2019 ).

verfasst von:
Agatino Nicita, Gaetano Squadrito, Gaetano Maggio

Open Access 26.08.2023 | REGIONAL TOPICS FROM EUROPE

Integrating ecosystem services and life cycle assessment: a framework accounting for local and global (socio-)environmental impacts

With a growing global population, humanity is increasingly using ecosystems and its services for food, medicines, shelter, energy, clean air and water, or protection from natural disasters. The supply of ecosystem services (ES) is impacted by …

verfasst von:
Sue Ellen Taelman, Laura V. De Luca Peña, Nils Préat, Till M. Bachmann, Katrien Van der Biest, Joachim Maes, Jo Dewulf

Open Access 26.08.2023 | PACKAGING SYSTEMS INCLUDING RECYCLING

Impact of rolling processes in the production of aluminum packaging assessed through LCA

The earth’s population and the demand for consumption goods are continuously increasing, this enormous growth forces substantial challenges to the current consumption and production forms (Charles et al. 2010 ). In trying to achieve a sustainable …

verfasst von:
Antonello Astarita, Maria De Luca, Ciro Sinagra

Open Access 26.08.2023 | LCA OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Ex-ante life cycle assessment of FineFuture flotation technology: case study of Grecian Magnesite

Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology to evaluate the environmental performance of emerging technologies has become a common practice nowadays. With the increased research in this particular use of the methodology, a new branch of LCA …

verfasst von:
Hazem Eltohamy, Giuseppe Cecere, Lucia Rigamonti

Open Access 24.08.2023 | LCA AND CHEMISTRY

Development of an LCA-based tool to assess the environmental sustainability level of cosmetics products

The organizations’ interest in the implementation of sustainable practices is nowadays evident (Abubakr et al. 2020 ). Besides the necessity to overcome the problems related to the depletion of natural resources and their price increase, other …

verfasst von:
Roberto Rocca, Federica Acerbi, Luca Fumagalli, Marco Taisch

Open Access 23.08.2023 | LCA FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

A proposed framework to develop nutrient profiling algorithms for assessments of sustainable food: the metrics and their assumptions matter

Optimizing the food system from an environmental and human health perspective will be vital in supporting a sustainable future. Increasingly, more studies assess nutritional and environmental dimensions in tandem (Green et al. 2020 ; Springmann et …

verfasst von:
Ashley Green, Thomas Nemecek, Alexander Mathys

Open Access 19.08.2023 | SOCIETAL LCA

Analysis of human well-being as the area of protection in social life cycle assessment

Social sustainability is considered to be a vital part of sustainability. The importance is illustrated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (UN 2015 ). Half or more of the 17 goals can be said to address social issues. In …

verfasst von:
Mathias Lindkvist, Elisabeth Ekener

Open Access 16.08.2023 | CARBON FOOTPRINTING

Principles for accurate GHG inventories and options for market-based accounting

An increasing number of companies and other types of organisations are calculating and reporting their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, for purposes including target setting and internal abatement planning, disclosure to investors and other …

verfasst von:
Matthew Brander, Anders Bjørn