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Goal and Scope in Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis: The Case of Hydrogen Production from Biomass

Life Cycle Assessment and Ecodesign Laboratory—ENEA (Italian National Agency for new Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), via Martiri di Monte Sole 4, Bologna 40129, Italy
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Sustainability 2014, 6(8), 5463-5475; https://doi.org/10.3390/su6085463
Received: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 12 August 2014 / Published: 20 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environment and Energy: the Industrial Ecology perspective)
The framework for life cycle sustainability analysis (LCSA) developed within the project CALCAS (Co-ordination Action for innovation in Life-Cycle Analysis for Sustainability) is introducing a truly integrated approach for sustainability studies. However, it needs to be further conceptually refined and to be made operational. In particular, one of the gaps still hindering the adoption of integrated analytic tools for sustainability studies is the lack of a clear link between the goal and scope definition and the modeling phase. This paper presents an approach to structure the goal and scope phase of LCSA so as to identify the relevant mechanisms to be further detailed and analyzed in the modeling phase. The approach is illustrated with an on-going study on a new technology for the production of high purity hydrogen from biomass, to be used in automotive fuel cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: technology map; life cycle sustainability analysis; technological mechanisms; context definition; hydrogen; biomass technology map; life cycle sustainability analysis; technological mechanisms; context definition; hydrogen; biomass
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Stefanova, M.; Tripepi, C.; Zamagni, A.; Masoni, P. Goal and Scope in Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis: The Case of Hydrogen Production from Biomass. Sustainability 2014, 6, 5463-5475.

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