How to link LCA and circularity assessments in the built environment? An exploratory study with two Belgian cases

Session 16: Applying Systems Thinking to guide the transition towards a regenerative Circular Economy (2)
The transition to a more circular economy is a political priority within the European Union. With its significant environmental impacts and long life spans, the built environment is a key sector to implement circular solutions....

Improving the circularity of textiles by preserving functionality – insights from a resource effectiveness perspective

Session 15: Applying Systems Thinking to guide the transition towards a regenerative Circular Economy (1)
The production of clothing is a 1,100 billion EUR industry that consumes 98 million tons of non-renewable resources, is responsible for 20% of the global industrial water pollution, and emits more CO2-eq. than all international...

In the quest for sustainable management of liquid fraction of manure- insights from a life cycle assessment

Session 13: Waste Management from a Life Cycle Perspective
As nitrate vulnerable zones, Flanders and the Netherlands are bound by legal limits for application of animal manure and its derivatives. The Nitrates Directive limits nitrogen (N) application to 170 kg N ha-1 y-1 and...

Industrial vs artisanal spirulina: Towards a healthier and more sustainable ‘superfoods’ sector

Session 08: Sustainable Innovation in the Food Sector (2)
Environmental degradation and food insecurity are two of the greatest challenges of our time, and its adverse effects undermine the world’s ability to achieve sustainable development. The strong interrelationship between these problems inflicts secondary damages...

Insights into the development and use of a quantitative eco-design tool for the early development stages of medical devices

Session 18: Life Cycle Innovation and Eco-Design
Eco-design tools for the early stages of the development process are often qualitative. Quantitative assessments of environmental impact, like Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), can be difficult to apply early on, when a lot of questions...

LCA cartography using network analysis

Session 06: Innovative Ways to Assess Sustainability with Life Cycle Approaches
In this talk you will learn about applying network analysis to life cycle assessment databases, and create a map of the processes that are most integral, which influence results most strongly, and note where data...

LCA of Circular Systems – Use case chemical recycling

Session 03: Life Cycle Innovation in the Chemical Sector
Significant amounts of mixed plastic waste (MPW) currently end up in incineration plants and landfills. It is important that such waste be managed appropriately in line with circular economy principles. One emerging option for managing...

Life Cycle Assessment of Eastman’s Molecular Recycling Process: Methanolysis

Session 03: Life Cycle Innovation in the Chemical Sector
Eastman’s methanolysis technology is a type of material-to-material molecular recycling that enables a diverse variety of difficult-to-recycle waste polyesters to be unzipped (depolymerized) into their constituent monomers. Eastman commissioned Quantis to complete a cradle-to-gate life...

Life Cycle assessment of locally zero emission buses in Germany

Session 10: Life Cycle Innovation in the Transport and Mobility Sector (2)
As part of the accompanying research ‘Innovative propulsion systems for city buses’ commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and coordinated by Sphera Solutions, the holistic assessment of the practical suitability and...

Life cycle assessment of methane emissions resulting from the UK’s biowaste management strategy

Session 13: Waste Management from a Life Cycle Perspective
Methane emissions from the waste sector could account for 37% of total UK CH4 emissions[1]. Waste management strategies in the UK have changed recently as more waste is diverted from landfills to anaerobic digesters and...

Life cycle assessment of novel plant products compared to animal products

Session 08: Sustainable Innovation in the Food Sector (2)
Objective of the study Meat and animal products have been identified as a major driver of environmental impacts in the food sector. Traditional simple vegan products like legumes often show considerably lower environmental impacts but...

Life Cycle Assessment of protection of young trees within sustainable forestry – specific challenges and results of comparing different measures

Session 02: Supporting the journey towards net zero and beyond with Life Cycle Approaches (2)
Forests are a key element within strategies facing and fighting climate change. The protection of young trees is essential for the future of forests and a main task of forest management. The task of young...

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