Today we are pleased to be able to share with you that the Marine Impacts in Life Cycle Assessment project recently published Characterization Factors (CF) for Microplastics Impacts in LCA. The Characterization Factors are accessible via a table published on our project website here and can also be downloaded for use in your research: https://marilca.org/characterization-factors/
The CFs provided in the table are an outcome of our recently published paper on “MarILCA characterization factors for microplastic impacts in life cycle assessment: Physical effects on biota from emissions to aquatic environments” which was recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.
The CFs were developed as part of the MarILCA international working group deliverable and involved different experts with their respective expertise in parts of the modeled impact pathway. They quantify the physical effects on biota from emissions to aquatic environments, which represents only a part of the potential impact of plastics on biodiversity as described in the MarILCA framework.lca marine litter