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28.06.2017 | CHALLENGES AND BEST PRACTICE IN LCAS OF SEAFOOD AND OTHER AQUATIC PRODUCTS

Implications of high animal by-product feed inputs in life cycle assessments of farmed Atlantic salmon

Production of feed is a potential constraining factor in the growth of many aquaculture systems and is a significant source of environmental impact in aquaculture supply chains. Approximately half of global aquaculture production relies on the …

27.06.2017 | EXERGY AND LCA

Application of life cycle energy analysis for designing a water distribution network

Water distribution network (WDN) is one of the major infrastructures which deliver water for domestic, commercial, industrial, and agricultural purposes. Since safe and reliable water is acknowledged as a basic necessity of human livelihoods to …

26.06.2017 | PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY IN EMERGING ECONOMIES VIA LIFE CYCLE THINKING

Consequential and attributional environmental assessment of biofuels: implications of modelling choices on climate change mitigation strategies

Biofuels for power production and transport have been promoted nationally and globally as an essential element of climate change mitigation strategies (OECD/IEA 2014 , 2015 ; ONEP 2015 ; DEDE 2015 ). The world energy outlook 2014 (OECD/IEA 2014 …

19.06.2017 | SOCIETAL LCA

Social life-cycle assessment frameworks: a review of criteria and indicators proposed to assess social and socioeconomic impacts

19.06.2017 | NON-TOXIC IMPACT CATEGORIES ASSOCIATED WITH EMISSIONS TO AIR, WATER, SOIL

Spatially explicit fate factors of waterborne nitrogen emissions at the global scale

Marine coastal eutrophication can be defined as the syndrome of ecosystem responses to the increase in supply of growth-limiting plant nutrients that boost planktonic growth and fuel organic carbon cycling processes (Nixon 1995 ; Cloern 2001 ).

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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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