Special Issue "Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Footprinting"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zenon Foltynowicz
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Guest Editor
Poznan University of Economics and Business, Institute of Quality Science, al. Niepodleglości 10, PL 61-875 Poznan, Poland
Interests: industrial ecology; product ecology; ecological product quality; circular economy and sustainability; LCA
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Lewandowska
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Guest Editor
Poznan University of Economics and Business, Institute of Management, al. Niepodleglości 10, PL 61-875 Poznan, Poland
Interests: life cycle assessment; eco-design; environmental footprint

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Life cycle thinking and lifecycle tools have been present for many years in science, research, public policy, and business. However, probably never before has such a massive effort been made to boost the use of LC tools in European Union policy and business. Eco-design, lifecycle assessment, and the environmental footprint of products and organizations have become key players in a circular economy context. This changing reality brings vital questions: how can we effectively use eco-design and LCA in organizational environmental management systems? How can we measure and communicate the environmental lifecycle performance of products and technologies? How can we include circularity in inventory modeling and impact assessment? Are consumers ready to accept sustainable lifestyles and to make daily decisions based on lifecycle-based information? The environmental footprint of products and organizations—is it a game changer and an awaited “cook-book” for practitioners or only a new initiative which may complicate LCA reality?

Our intention is to make this Special Issue of Sustainability a discussion forum where various experience and points of view can be presented. We invite Authors to exchange results of research on lifecycle tools, eco-design, environmental footprinting, and their role in the circular economy. Let us look for answers to the above questions together.

Prof. Dr. Zenon Foltynowicz
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Lewandowska
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Lifecycle assessment
  • Environmental footprinting
  • Eco-design
  • Environmental performance
  • Circular economy
  • LCA from a Sustainability perspective

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Implementation of Life Cycle Based Tools in the Circular Economy Context—Case Study of Plastic Waste
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9938; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239938 - 27 Nov 2020
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This article describes research done within the CIRCE2020 project, implemented under the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 2014–2020 Programme. The main aim is to present the results of a life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) carried out for a recycling plant in [...] Read more.
This article describes research done within the CIRCE2020 project, implemented under the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 2014–2020 Programme. The main aim is to present the results of a life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) carried out for a recycling plant in Wielkopolska. From the LCA perspective, the analyzed recycling plant performs two functions; therefore, two research approaches were adopted: from the final waste management perspective (Approach 1) and from the production of secondary products (Approach 2). From the first perspective, the total environmental impact for the reference flow (215.140 kg of multi-material waste) was 552.32 Pt. When focused on the second perspective, the environmental impact for the production of plastic boards (3.073 boards) reached 659.58 Pt. The difference in the obtained values results from the fact that the second analysis, besides waste processing, included additionally the generation of raw materials corrected by the quality factor. The total production cost of boards made of multi-material waste was PLN 165,957.23. Energy consumption is the main cost-generating element of production and also the most important environmental hot spot. To increase environmental efficiency and reduce costs, the use of technology allowing for the reduction of energy demand should be considered first. Full article
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