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20.04.2017 | CONFERENCE REPORT Open Access

Towards a research agenda for the use of LCA in the impact assessment of policies

Life cycle thinking and life cycle assessment are vital elements of sustainability assessment and increasingly mentioned as being essential for informing decisions in a comprehensive and holistic manner in both business and policy contexts (Sala …


How methodological choices affect LCA climate impact results: the case of structural timber

Wood has been vastly used as a construction material until the advent of modern densely populated urban areas, when timber was set aside because of its poor fire performances (Smith and Snow 2008 ). The climate change mitigation debate is now …


Assessment of global warming impact on biodiversity using the extinction risk index in LCIA: a case study of Japanese plant species

Global warming is affecting biodiversity on a global scale, and its effects will be intensified in the next decades (CBD 2010 ). It has the potential to cause a shift in the distribution of species to relatively higher latitudes, leading to a loss …


Accounting for inter-annual variability of farm activity data for calculation of greenhouse gas emissions in dairy farming

Common agricultural policiy in the European Union supports beneficial environmental performance by including greening components in the calculation of direct payments (EC 2009 ). Life cycle assessment (LCA) could play an integral role in …

14.04.2017 | GREEN CHEMISTRY

LCA case study: comparison between independent and coproduction pathways for the production of ethyl and n-butyl acetates

Nowadays, the global consumption of solvents is significant, with almost 28 million metric tons consumed in 2012 (Linak and Bizzari 2013 ). The most important users are the producers of paints and coatings (60.6% in 2011 of the total consumption).

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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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