About this Research Topic
Quantitative and trustworthy assessments of products and processes are mandatory in order to establish their environmental sustainability and make possible their reliable comparisons with respect to conventional alternatives.
Among the different environmental sustainability metrics, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology should represent the method of choice due to its all-encompassing character. However, the complexity of LCA approach makes its application particularly time-demanding, so that less-comprehensive metrics, like mass-based and energy-based ones are typically preferred leading to misleading conclusions. Therefore, the promotion of LCA studies must be promoted in environmental sustainability research areas. This will contribute to the development of always more and more reliable databases, thus significantly decreasing the uncertainties necessarily introduced, as a consequence of the lack of primary data. Moreover, Impact Assessment methods employed in the Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) phase of a LCA study requires continuous updating in order to take into account the environmental impacts of still not considered substances (e.g. nanomaterials, asbestos fibers). Moreover, the impact assessment methods can also be modified in order to account for beneficial aspects of selected substances on the environment and human health.
This Research Topic would like to tackle the several issues still existing when performing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) environmental evaluations.
The promotion of LCA studies to a wide variety of industrial as well as laboratory-scale processes and products, will contribute to developing more complete and detailed databases, thus significantly reducing the time-demanding characteristics and uncertainties typical of Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) phase.
The development of new characterization factors for these obscure substances will contribute to developing impact assessment methods able to describe the complex reality in a more reliable manner.
This Research Topic aims at publishing the latest research on the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology for the quantitative evaluation of environmental sustainability associated with a wide variety of industrial as well as laboratory-scale processes and products. We invite manuscripts that focus on the development of LCA methodology and the implementation of different impact assessment methods.
The expected themes include but are not limited to:
• Life Cycle Assessment in Chemical and Chemical Engineering
• Life Cycle Assessment of nanomaterials and advanced materials
• Life Cycle Assessment of bio-based materials
• Modification of Impact Assessment methods
• Impact assessment of nanomaterials
• Synergy between LCA and further environmental sustainability metrics
Keywords: Industrial LCA, life cycle assessment chemicals, Life Cycle Thinking, Sustainability metrics, LCA, Environmental sustainability assessment.
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