About this Research Topic
The application of life cycle tools for decision-making needs to be explored widely to mitigate the current challenges and solve the problems (i.e., the depletion of resource/energy, climate change, and water shortage, etc.) which can affect people’s daily life. However, the debate about the combination of different life cycle tools is still open and several researchers face this issue with different methods. What emerges is that the results from the life cycle tools’ application can be combined with the decision-making methods and the stakeholders’ opinions from the entire life cycle of a product or process. Measuring life cycle sustainability performance, and using the results for decision-making, can contribute to a more sustainable society.
This Research Topic aims to:
- Identify life cycle tools evolutionary trends and analyze their applications for decision-making by using environmental, economic and social sustainability assessments, including life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, social life cycle assessment, life cycle sustainability assessment, ecological/carbon/water footprint, and energy analysis.
- Identify models that can be used for assessing sustainability whilst analyzing different scenarios and options for different sectors, including waste valorization and wastewater treatment and management, sustainable manufacturing green processes, and sustainability-oriented policies for territorial management.
- Identify efficient management systems by coupling life cycle tools and multi-criteria decision-making methods, including technology selection, policy evaluation and scenario analysis from the perspective of life cycle sustainability.
- Assess the combination of life cycle tools and decision-making methods for different sectors, including circularity evaluation tools.
- Assess design processes by taking into consideration stakeholders’ opinions based on the applications of life cycle tools, including both life cycle sustainability assessment and single-issue footprints.
- Quantify environmental, economic and social impacts and their implications for stakeholders and decision-makers for different sectors, including traditional industrial systems, waste valorization and wastewater treatment and management, manufacturing processes, and policies for territorial management.
The welcomed article types include but are not limited to Data Reports, General Commentaries, Methods, Original Research, Perspectives, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Briefs, Reviews.
Keywords: Life cycle tools, stakeholders’ opinions, decision-making tools, decision-making methods, scenarios, options
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