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Evaluation of Energy– Environment Interactions Using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Method

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 54

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Interuniversity Center for Research on Pollution and the Environment, Biomass Research Center, University of Perugia, Via G. Duranti 63, 06125 Perugia, Italy
Interests: water and wastewater treatment coagulation-flocculation ion exchange; adsorption dissolved air flotation development of bio-based water treatment chemicals recovery of metals and nutrients

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advances in energy conversion and management technologies need to be evaluated in terms of their overall environmental impacts and this topic can be addressed by employing a life cycle approach to estimate the environmental pressure of a certain techology with respect to its energy gain. Both conventional and renewable energy conversion methods sould be compared in order to understand, in a manner relevant to the concept of the circular economy, the benefits achievable by using a given technology against the environmental pressure it generates. Also, sustainable strategies and solutions making it possible to mitigate the emissions of an energy plant ought to be discussed in the context of LCA methods. Indeed, several renewable energy-based technologies can indeed be environmentally burdensome if their entire life cycle is computed in terms of their carbon dioxide production. Conversely, some other energy conversion technologies, such as the bioenergy, can be underestimated in terms of their potential environmental benefits.

This Special Issue aims to reveal key insights into the interactions between the environment and energy production processes by taking into consideration renewable sources such as the bioenergy, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectrical chains and their emissive prospects (i.e., carbon dioxide, NOx, SOx, particulate matter, odour emissions, etc.).

Dr. Valentina Coccia
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • LCA
  • renewable energy
  • environmental impact
  • emissions
  • odour emissions
  • energy conversion
  • solar energy
  • bioenergy
  • geothermal energy

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