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27.02.2017 | UNCERTAINTIES IN LCA Open Access

Interpretation of comparative LCAs: external normalization and a method of mutual differences

Research in life cycle assessment (LCA) methods focus predominantly on building life cycle inventory (LCI) databases (Frischknecht et al. 2004 ; Suh and Huppes 2005 ; Miller and Theis 2006 ; Dones et al. 2007 ; Verbeeck and Hens 2010 ; Jungbluth et …


Impact of the selection of functional unit on the life cycle assessment of green concrete

In life cycle assessment (LCA) studies, a functional unit ‘defines the quantification of the identified functions (performance characteristics) of the product’ (International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 2006 ). The selection of a …


Spatial and technological variability in the carbon footprint of durum wheat production in Iran

Agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Koga et al. 2003 ). Direct GHG emissions from agricultural practice are responsible for 10–12% of GHG emissions worldwide, while land use change in favor of agricultural practice …


Towards guidance values for the environmental performance of buildings: application to the statistical analysis of 40 low-energy single family houses’ LCA in France

Since the 1970s, following the oil crisis, several efforts have been made on the improvement of the energy performance of buildings by first looking at the heating demand (e.g. increase of the insulation thickness, reduction of heat losses etc.).

17.02.2017 | SOCIETAL LCA

Addressing uncertain scoring and weighting factors in social life cycle assessment

Social life cycle assessment (SLCA) methodology has emerged as an approach to assess the positive and negative social aspects in the life cycle of a product, from raw materials’ extraction until the final disposal (Benoit-Norris et al. 2010 ).

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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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