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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

Editor-in-Chief: Mary A. Curran

ISSN: 0948-3349 (print version)
ISSN: 1614-7502 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11367

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Founding Editor:
Walter Klöpffer
LCA Consult & Review, Frankfurt/M, Germany

Mary Ann Curran
LCA & Sustainability Consultant, Rock Hill, SC, USA

Subject Editors:
Hans-Jörg Althaus
Infras, Bern, Switzerland
Modern individual mobility

Martin Baitz
thinkstep AG, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
Data availability, data quality

Melissa Bilec
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Miguel Brandão
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Land Use

Andreas Ciroth
GreenDelta Berlin, Germany
Uncertainties in LCA

Adriana Del Borghi
University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
Communication and ISO labels

Matthias Finkbeiner
Technical University Berlin, Germany
Carbon footprinting

Rolf Frischknecht
treeze Ltd., Uster, Switzerland
LCI methodology and databases

Hans-Jürgen Garvens
LCA.berlin Consultancy and Review, Berlin, Germany
Packaging systems including recycling

Shabbir H. Gheewala
King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand
Energy and waste management systems

Edeltraud Günther
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Environmental life cycle costing and cost management

Jeroen B. Guinée
Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
Normalization and weighting

Michael Hauschild
Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark
Impacts on human health and ecosystems

Almudena Hospido
University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Wastewater treatment and management

Mark Huijbregts
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Non-toxic impacts of emissions to air, water, soil

Niels Jungbluth
ESU-services Ltd., Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Food production and consumption

Walter Klöpffer
LCA Consult & Review, Frankfurt/M, Germany
Critical Review and LCA Standards

Zbigniew Stanislaw Klos
Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Machines and devices

Thomas Koellner
University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Christopher J. Koroneos
University of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece
Exergy analysis

Julia Martínez-Blanco
Inèdit Innovació SL, Barcelona, Spain
Organisational life cycle assessment

Ivan Muñoz
LCA Consultants, Aalborg, Denmark
Green chemistry

Thomas Nemecek
Agroscope, Agroecology and Environment Research Division, Zurich, Switzerland
Agriculture (Europe and Asia)

Alexander Passer
TU Graz, Austria
Construction materials and buildings

Stephan Pfister
ETH Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering (IfU), Switzerland
Water use

Ralph K. Rosenbaum
Catalan Institute for Research and Technology in Agriculture, IRTA Torre Marimon, Barcelona, Spain
Impacts of chemicals on human health

Andrea Russell-Vaccari
International Copper Association, New York, USA
Mining and metals

Peter Saling
BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Eco-efficiency of chemicals

Wulf-Peter Schmidt
Ford, Sustainability Environmental & Safety Engineering, Cologne, Germany
Automotive transportation

Jörg Schweinle
Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics (TI), Hamburg, Germany
Wood and other renewable resources

Guido Sonnemann
Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Bordeaux, France
LCM and chemistry

Sangwon Suh
University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Input-output and hybrid LCA

Omer Tatari
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
Roadways and infrastructure

Greg Thoma
Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA
Agriculture (North and South America)

Marzia Traverso
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Social life cycle assessment

Sonia Valdivia
World Resources Forum & Leuphana University of Lüneburg, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Regional economies

Ian Vázquez-Rowe
Pontificia Católica Universidad del Perú, Lima, Peru
Ocean resources and marine conservation

Holger Wallbaum
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Building components and buildings

Yi Yang
University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA
System boundaries and life cycle inventory 

Chris Yingchun Yuan
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Manufacturing and nanotechnology

Alessandra Zamagni
Ecoinnovazione srl, spin-off ENEA, Bologna, Italy
Life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA)

Regional Editors:
Andrew Henderson
(North America)
US Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Masaharu Motoshita (Japan)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan

Barbara Nebel (Australia, New Zealand)
thinkstep AG, Wellington, New Zealand

Zuoren Nie (China)
Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China

Serenella Sala (Europe)
European Commission, Ispra, Italy

Nydia Suppen-Reynaga (Latin America)
CADIS - Center for LCA and Sustainable Design, State of México, Mexico 

Editorial Board:
Robert Anex, Madison, WI, USA
Gian Luca Baldo, Torino, Italy
Jane Bare, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Arthur Braunschweig, Zurich, Switzerland
James Fava, Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Göran Finnveden, Stockholm, Sweden
Pere Fullana i Palmer, Barcelona, Spain
Gérard Gaillard, Zurich, Switzerland
Mark Goedkoop, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Birgit Grahl, Heidekamp, Germany
Atsushi Inaba, Tokyo, Japan
Annette Koehler, Winterthur, Switzerland
Sarah McLaren, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Llorenç Milà i Canals, Paris, France
Gregory A. Norris, North Berwick, ME, USA
José Potting, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Gerald Rebitzer, Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
Isa Renner, Rüsselsheim, Germany
Lieselotte Schebek, Darmstadt, Germany
Vinod K. Sharma, Mumbai, India
Meisam Tabatabaei, Karaj, Iran
Bruce W. Vigon, Pensacola, FL, USA
Keith Weitz, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

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    The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (Int J Life Cycle Assess) is the first journal devoted entirely to Life Cycle Assessment and closely related methods. LCA has become a recognized instrument to assess the ecological burdens and impacts throughout the consecutive and interlinked stages of a product system, from raw material acquisition or generation from natural resources, through production and use to final disposal. The Int J Life Cycle Assess is a forum for scientists developing LCA and LCM (Life Cycle Management); LCA and LCM practitioners; managers concerned with environmental aspects of products; governmental environmental agencies responsible for product quality; scientific and industrial societies involved in LCA development, and ecological institutions and bodies.

    Papers on applied LCA/LCM, especially case studies, will be considered for publication if they are of general interest to the LCA/LCM community and make an innovative contribution to science such as highlighting new insights into a particular product system or policy question, such as a product that has been rarely or never assessed; a special interest operation, e.g. hydrofracking or Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS); present novel methodology; or  describe efforts to build life cycle thinking capability within an organization or region.

    In addition to LCA/LCM, papers on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) are also welcome. Life Cycle Costing (LCC) studies are considered for publication in the framework of LCSA (three pillar concept/triple bottom line).

    Papers on the application of life cycle assessment methodology in single issue studies, such as greenhouse gas analysis as a means to assess carbon footprint, climate change, or global warming potential, will also be considered if the following conditions are met:

    ·         The paper makes an innovative contribution to science such as highlighting new insights into a particular product system or policy question, or describing efforts to build life cycle thinking capability within an organization or region.

    ·         The aspects discussed are not repetitive of other published studies.

    ·         The authors are clear about the findings and acknowledge other relevant impact categories in the interpretation/discussion section of the paper.

    ·         The caveat of burden shifting across impact categories must be recognized; proper discussion of how the limitations influences the results and conclusions of the study, e.g. may lead to sub-optimization.

    ·         Verification of the relevance of the indicators and approaches chosen is needed; selecting impact categories requires a full justification of the choice in line with the goal and scope (i.e. the research objective).


    Regarding the use of an older LCIA method, authors must fully justify the use of outdated methods/IA factors (even in a comparative study). Of course, an LCIA method cannot be judged alone, but its use must be viewed along with the inventory data; often LCI might not be appropriate e.g. if there is a bias between background and foreground data or if elementary flows which might be used in an LCIA method have not been investigated in the database. This is of course also an issue of the goal and scope definition. A study which describes results based solely on an outdated method may be published IF the authors argue why that choice of method was necessary.


    However, the use of only Ecoindicator'9x (which was superseded by ReCiPe) or the old ecological scarcity method (which was superseded by ecological scarcity 2013) is unacceptable. Readers are referred to the following documents for guidance:


    -          Handbook (Guinée et al 2002) or https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-output/science/cml-ia-characterisation-factors.

    -          ILCD handbook "Recommendations for Life Cycle Impact Assessment in the European context" and http://eplca.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/ILCDI -Recommendation-of-methods-for-LCIA-def.pdf.


    It is preferable that an LCA study apply at least two LCIA methods in order to check the importance of their choice on the results, such as through the use of sensitivity analysis. In the social sciences and in business research, triangulation is used to help interpret the environmental impacts building on different impact estimation methodologies and check the results against each other. On this basis, one can verify e.g. if CML and TRACI both lead to the same results to improve the quality of the performed study. But it is not a hard and fast rule to use more than one method as long as proper reasoning is given.

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