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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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17.10.2017 | COMMENTARY AND DISCUSSION ARTICLE

Are we still keeping it “real”? Proposing a revised paradigm for recycling credits in attributional life cycle assessment

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a paradigm as a “world view underlying the theories and methodology of a particular scientific subject” (Fig. 1 ). When looking at the current landscape of scientific literature on the topic of end-of-life …

16.10.2017 | CHALLENGES AND BEST PRACTICE IN LCAS OF SEAFOOD AND OTHER AQUATIC PRODUCTS

Blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) bouchot culture in Mont-St Michel Bay: potential mitigation effects on climate change and eutrophication

Bivalve aquaculture is one of the fastest growing sectors in the food industry (FAO 2016 ). Understanding interactions between shellfish aquaculture and the ecosystem is necessary to develop a sustainable industry. Most concerns about bivalve …

10.10.2017 | COMMENTARY AND DISCUSSION ARTICLE

Why social life cycle assessment is struggling in development?

04.10.2017 | EDITORIAL

Is social life cycle assessment really struggling in development or is it on a normal path towards harmonization/standardization?

04.10.2017 | DATA AVAILABILITY, DATA QUALITY Open Access

A framework for increasing the availability of life cycle inventory data based on the role of multinational companies

From the early days of life cycle assessment (LCA) over 40 years ago, the availability of Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data has been a continuing major problem—a bottleneck—for the wide application of LCA (Testa et al. 2016 ; Ang et al. 2014 ; …

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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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