Enhancing resource efficiency by digitalization? Life cycle based assessment of the impacts of a circular economy strategy

Tabea Hagedorn
Circular economy and resource efficiency are central strategies of the European Union (EU) for reaching “climate neutrality” by 2050. The Digital Political Agenda of the EU and of the German...

Assessing Environmental Impact for the Novel Waste Cooking Oil Bioconversion Process to Sophorolipids

Karina Balina
Currently, waste cooking oil (WCO) is collected and added as a substrate in biogas or biodiesel production (Liepins et al., 2021). Research shows that waste cooking oil can successfully substitute...

Digital Twins for Ecodesign

Neil D'Souza
30% of GDP is generated from new products each year. Yet, less than 1% of new products have sustainability as a design parameter. Market demand together with regulation is now...

Regionalized comparison of Canadian and European pulse production and transportation

Nicole Bamber
Pulses are an increasingly popular source of plant-based protein [1]. Canada is one of the leading producers and exporters of pulses [2], and Canadian pulse production has relatively low environmental...

Life Cycle Assessment of Coffee: Enhancing Transparency in Life Cycle Inventory Models with Distributed Ledgers

René Itten
Today’s food value chains are increasingly complex, especially for internationally traded products like coffee or cocoa. These complex value chains pose several challenges to quantify the environmental impacts associated with...

Evaluation and harmonization of existing social LCA approaches

Rosan Harmens
There are a multitude of approaches available for social LCA, ranging from practical handbooks to theoretic papers in literature. However, an overview and evaluation of the most promising existing methods...

Development of generalized guidelines for Life Cycle Optimization (LCO) studies through systematic review of the LCO literature

Ian Turner
Life cycle optimization (LCO) refers to the integration of life cycle assessment (LCA) with mathematical optimization techniques (Azapagic and Clift 1998). LCO allows researchers to find optimal solutions to complex,...

Life Cycle Modelling and GHG Reporting in the IT Age

Julian Baehr
Life Cycle (LC) modelling is the state-of-the-art methodology to quantify and report environmental indicators like global warming potential (GWP). However, due a growing pool of methodological LC approaches, ever growing...

The Rapid Dry Project For Ceramic Sanitaryware Production

Francesca Mazzega-Ciamp
The RAPID DRY project aims to optimise the drying process of ceramic manufacturing, reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions while preserving product quality. It does so by means of two...

The EPD projects achieved by Esalex in the building materials sector highlights the importance of impacts from suppliers, for which new engagement systems should be identified.

Francesco Baldoni
Esalex is committed to the promotion of product/service eco-innovation and the LCA study has become the main tool to pursue this goal. In recent years many activities have been focused...

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