Special Issue "Life Cycle Assessment in Materials Engineering and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: life cycle assessment; waste management; industrial ecology; sustainability management; decision making
The production, use and disposal of materials are a significant contributor to global and local environmental impacts. The use of life cycle assessment (LCA) continues to become more prevalent in research, industry and policy to address these environmental issues. However, the use and applicability of LCA is still limited by divergent modelling approaches, data gaps and challenges associated with variability across different scenarios and models.
This Special Issue aims to collect research papers which examine how these divergent issues could be addressed, in the context of materials engineering, to allow for a more fluid application of LCA to inform better environmental decisions.
Within the framework described above, this Special Issue invites authors to contribute with original research in the following fields:
- Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of LCAs;
- Streamlined LCA tools and approaches;
- Reconciliation and simplification of different LCA modelling approaches;
- Case-studies on how LCA has been used to affect positive environmental outcomes at different scales (e.g., micro- to macroscale changes);
- Case studies in policy change arising from LCA.
In this Special Issue, the focus will be on environmental life cycle assessment of materials systems, which should consider all life cycle stages. The research papers should report the theoretical background, methodology, results, analysis and implications for applications of the outcomes to make a meaningful impact. At the end of the publication process, the guest editor of this Special Issue will provide a synthesis to distil the key messages from the presented works into practical guidance points on how best to use LCA in materials engineering and how best to utilize and aggregate divergent data and methods to improve LCA utility.
Dr. Enda Crossin
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.
- Life cycle assessment
- Life cycle analysis
- Systematic review
- Case studies
- Life cycle tools (methodologies)