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      Life cycle assessment (LCA) of waste management strategies: Landfilling, sorting plant and incineration

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          Assessment of energy performance in the life-cycle of biogas production

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            What life-cycle assessment does and does not do in assessments of waste management

            In assessments of the environmental impacts of waste management, life-cycle assessment (LCA) helps expanding the perspective beyond the waste management system. This is important, since the indirect environmental impacts caused by surrounding systems, such as energy and material production, often override the direct impacts of the waste management system itself. However, the applicability of LCA for waste management planning and policy-making is restricted by certain limitations, some of which are characteristics inherent to LCA methodology as such, and some of which are relevant specifically in the context of waste management. Several of them are relevant also for other types of systems analysis. We have identified and discussed such characteristics with regard to how they may restrict the applicability of LCA in the context of waste management. Efforts to improve LCA with regard to these aspects are also described. We also identify what other tools are available for investigating issues that cannot be adequately dealt with by traditional LCA models, and discuss whether LCA methodology should be expanded rather than complemented by other tools to increase its scope and applicability.
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              Methodological aspects of life cycle assessment of integrated solid waste management systems

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                Journal
                Energy
                Energy
                Elsevier BV
                03605442
                December 2009
                December 2009
                : 34
                : 12
                : 2116-2123
                Article
                10.1016/j.energy.2008.08.023
                6e8d995a-b0d9-4665-bda7-e6e753a16b78
                © 2009

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