Waste Management and Life Cycle Assessment

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2024 | Viewed by 368

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Systems Assessment Center, Energy Systems and Infrastructure Analysis Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439, USA
Interests: waste management; LCA; landfill; sustainability

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Department of Chemistry, Universidade da Coruña, A Coruna, Spain
Interests: circular economy; education for sustainability; separate collection at source; composting; anaerobic digestion

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System Science & Engineering Department, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, USA
Interests: renewable energy; techno-economic assessment; life cycle assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, "Waste Management and Life Cycle Assessment", aims to explore the intersection of waste management practices and life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies. This combination offers a holistic approach to understanding the environmental impacts of waste management processes. Please note that economic and social aspects are separate topics and excluded from the scope of this Special Issue.

Through the exploration of life cycle assessment tools, we seek to provide a comprehensive overview of the sustainability and efficiency of waste management strategies across multiple waste streams, including municipal solid waste, animal manure, and wastewater sludge.

LCA methodologies should be developed and integrated in the studies submitted to this Special Issue when assessing the environmental aspects of waste handling processes. We invite contributions that address the following topics of interest:

  1. LCA methodologies: LCA developed and applied to waste management systems; the goal and scope MUST be clearly defined and justified, especially when a simplified scope is involved (a subjective simplified scope definition without justification is not acceptable); uncertainty and/or sensitivity analysis should be included for results robustness.
  2. Advanced technologies in waste management: evaluate the life cycle environmental impacts of emerging novel technologies for waste collection, sorting, recycling, and disposal.
  3. Circularity economy: LCA for strategies and initiatives for promoting circular economy principles in waste management
  4. Waste reduction: LCA for strategies and initiatives for promoting waste reduction.
  5. Case studies: real-world case studies and practices that illustrate the integration of LCA to inform waste management strategies and best practices of waste handling to reduce environmental burdens. Case studies are encouraged to include benchmark analysis or comparison with other business-as-usual practices to identify the sustainability of the proposed case.

Dr. Yixuan Wang
Prof. Dr. Manuel Soto
Dr. Yingqian Lin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • LCA methodologies
  • advanced technologies in waste management
  • circularity economy
  • waste reduction
  • case studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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