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Is Attributional Life Cycle Assessment Misleading in Policy-Making

Date: 2014-08-18 14:20:34.0
Author: Wiley

ATLANTA, Georgia - In a recent issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Plevin and colleagues presented a provocative argument against the use of attributional life cycle assessment (ALCA) “to answer the question of whether a change in energy system use results in climate-change mitigation benefits.”

Plevin and colleagues’ discussion of ALCA and consequential LCA (CLCA) had a particular focus on climate-change mitigation and biofuels policy, but it seems clear that it is equally applicable to other policy domains. Their critique prompted several LCA and biofuels researchers to write letters to the editor. Because the article and the series of letters is an important contribution to the on-going debate regarding the role of LCA in policy-making and the appropriate use of ALCA and CLCA, they have been assembled together and made freely downloadable for a limited period.

To view the debate please visit the website here.


About the Journal of Industrial Ecology

The International Society for Industrial Ecology promotes industrial ecology as a way of finding innovative solutions to complicated environmental problems, and facilitates communication among scientists, engineers, policymakers, managers and advocates who are interested in how environmental concerns and economic activities can be better integrated. The mission of the ISIE is to promote the use of industrial ecology in research, education, policy, community development, and industrial practices.

For further information about the Journal of Industrial Ecology please visit the website here.



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