Special Issue "Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Footprinting"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.
Interests: industrial ecology; product ecology; ecological product quality; circular economy and sustainability; LCA
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Interests: life cycle assessment; eco-design; environmental footprint
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
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Lifecycle assessment
- Environmental footprinting
- Environmental performance
- Circular economy
- LCA from a Sustainability perspective