Development of a regionalized chemicals and plastics LCI database for robust environmental decision support

Session 03: Life Cycle Innovation in the Chemical Sector
In the context of a global commitment to mitigate climate change, chemical industry stakeholders are increasingly searching for strategies towards a more environmentally friendly future. To evaluate such strategies, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a...

Eco-Design At Early Process Development Stages: Lessons Learned From The Study Of Collagen Extracted From Tilapia Skin

Session 18: Life Cycle Innovation and Eco-Design
Assessing environmental impacts of processes at early technology maturity levels is rare and challenging (Moni et al, 2019). However, which activities research teams can perform to assess environmental impacts and improve process performance at early...

Enablers to Implementing a Life Cycle Approach to Policy Making in the Marine Industry

Session 04: Enhancing the Sustainability of Marine Environment
To support the full decarbonization of global shipping by 2050, regulatory measures will be critical. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) constitutes the most important global policy forum in the development of regulation for global shipping....

Environmental Impacts Arising from the Production of Microbial Biosurfactants Rhamnolipid and Mannosylerythritol Lipid

Session 14: Life Cycle Innovation in the Bio-Economy
Increased use of assessment methods, classifying the environmental impacts of novel products, already in their development phase, reflects today’s growing interest in sustainable products. Especially bio-based development of widespread products like surfactants in the context...

Environmental impacts of Design for Reuse in timber construction using Life Cycle Assessment approach

Session 18: Life Cycle Innovation and Eco-Design
Due to its various applications and the trend towards a bioeconomy, wood as raw material is becoming increasingly important. Especially in the construction sector, the demand for wood as a raw material is increasing, where...

Environmental sustainability assessment of a land based Icelandic food system- A case study from a planetary perspective.

Session 07: Sustainable Innovation in the Food Sector (1)
We share a unique relationship with the world through the food we consume; our diets are the closest relationship we have with the natural world and perhaps the most important one as it directly affects...

Estimating the life cycle impacts of dissipative flows of metals with MaTrace-dissipation

Session 15: Applying Systems Thinking to guide the transition towards a regenerative Circular Economy (1)
Dissipative flows of metals go against the common goal of a more circular economy by making metals inaccessible for future users. Dissipative losses of metals occur by intention as in-use dissipation and unintentionally through losses...

Evaluating business model environmental performance with BM-LCA: a comparative case in an automotive company

Session 17: Innovative and Sustainable Business Models
Business models are identified as the “engines” of the economy and economic growth is identified as a driver for increased environmental impacts. It is therefore not surprising that sustainable business model innovation (SBMI), not at...

Ex-ante life cycle assessment of cellulose nanocrystals production from waste biomass: implications of applying different upscaling approaches

Session 14: Life Cycle Innovation in the Bio-Economy
Nanocrystalline cellulose is a nano-structured biomaterial often applied in biopolymers to enhance technical performance. Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) have been obtained in the laboratory from lignocellulosic wastes, e.g., mango seed shells [Ref.1]. Assessing the environmental impacts...

Expansion of the Land Suitability Rating System Model for Pulse Crops to Enable LCA of Alternative Agricultural Land Use Scenarios in Canada

Session 07: Sustainable Innovation in the Food Sector (1)
Food systems are responsible for significant anthropogenic terrestrial land use [1], nitrogen pollution [2] and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions [3]. This leaves little room for expansion of the current methods and distribution of food production....

Holistic and Integrated Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in Bioeconomy

Session 14: Life Cycle Innovation in the Bio-Economy
Currently the social, environmental and economic risks and challenges of the bioeconomy are becoming increasingly the subject of applied sustainability assessments. Based on the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, further approaches were developed whereby life...

How LCA can support the development of circular economy assessment tool? A proposition at product level

Session 16: Applying Systems Thinking to guide the transition towards a regenerative Circular Economy (2)
While publications on circular economy (CE) indicators have increased over the past four years, they tend to be scattered sporadically among the field of knowledge on environmental sustainability. It is time for current developments in...

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