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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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13.12.2017 | LCI METHODOLOGY AND DATABASES

Real-time environmental assessment of electricity use: a tool for sustainable demand-side management programs

In 2013, worldwide electricity generation was responsible for 42% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fuel combustion (International Energy Agency (IEA) 2015 ). These emissions are believed to play a significant role in climate change …

05.12.2017 | BUILDING COMPONENTS AND BUILDINGS

Emission payback periods for increased residential insulation using marginal electricity modeling: a life cycle approach

The residential sector uses large amounts of energy for heating and cooling as well as other end uses. In the United States (US) in 2014, the residential sector was responsible for approximately 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) …

27.11.2017 | LCIA OF IMPACTS ON HUMAN HEALTH AND ECOSYSTEMS

Ecosystem quality in LCIA: status quo, harmonization, and suggestions for the way forward

It is important to have decision support tools that allow for quantifying environmental impacts of human activities. Life cycle assessment (LCA) was developed to provide such decision support by identifying products or services with comparatively …

27.11.2017 | LCA OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Life cycle inventory modeling of phosphorus substitution, losses and crop uptake after land application of organic waste products

Application of waste derived products, such as animal manure, sewage sludge, compost or ashes from thermal processing, on agricultural land is associated with a range of environmental impacts, e.g., caused by emission of greenhouse gases and loss …

27.11.2017 | LCI METHODOLOGY AND DATABASES

A trade-based method for modelling supply markets in consequential LCA exemplified with Portland cement and bananas

The importance of consequential life cycle assessment (CLCA) to support decisions is increasingly recognized, especially in the field of policy design (Bento and Klotz 2014 ), to capture the environmental impacts following a change initially …

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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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