Sustainability Metrics and Indicators of Environmental Impact

Sustainability Metrics and Indicators of Environmental Impact

Industrial and Agricultural Life Cycle Assessment

1st Edition - July 16, 2021

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  • Authors: Eduardo Jacob-Lopes, Leila Zepka, Mariany Depra
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128236048
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128234112

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Sustainability Metrics and Indicators of Environmental Impact: Industrial and Agricultural Life Cycle Assessment covers trending topics on the environmental impact of systems of production, putting emphasis on lifecycle assessment (LCA). This methodology is one of the most important tools of analysis, as mathematical models are applied that will quantify the systematic inputs and outputs of the processes in order to evaluate the sustainability of industrial processes and products. In this sense, LCA is mainly a tool to support environmental decision-making that analyzes the environmental impacts of products and technologies from a lifecycle perspective. The emergence of ever-larger global issues, such as the energy dilemma, the changing climate and the scarcity of natural resources, such as water, has boosted the search for tools capable of ensuring the reliability of the results published by the industries, and has become an important tool in order to achieve sustainability and environmental preservation. Thus, lifecycle assessment (LCA), including carbon footprint valuation is necessary to ensure better internal management.

Key Features

  • Provides guidance on environmental impacts and the carbon footprint of industrial processes
  • Features guidelines in lifecycle assessment to support a sustainable approach, along with quantifiable data to support proposed solutions
  • Includes a companion website with slides and graphics to quantity environmental impact and other metrics of lifecycle assessment

Readership

Academicians and researchers in environmental sustainability, with textbook potential. Environmental engineering, chemical engineering, food engineering, civil engineering, agricultural engineering and chemistry

Table of Contents

  • 1. Sustainability metrics and indicators through the life cycle assessment: A brief history

    2. Fundamentals of life cycle assessment: Definitions, terminology, and concepts
    3. Methods of evaluation of the impact on the life cycle
    4. Optional elements of life cycle impact assessment
    5. Assistant's tools towards life cycle assessment
    6. Carbon Footprint and Carbon Market
    7. The role of life cycle assessment in agricultural systems
    8. Economic aspects of sustainability

    9. Sustainability metrics and indicator strategies for a modern society

Product details

  • No. of pages: 212
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: July 16, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128236048
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128234112

About the Authors

Eduardo Jacob-Lopes

Eduardo Jacob-Lopes
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Jacob-Lopes is currently an Associate professor at the Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM). He has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. He has coordinated/coordinates more than 50 research projects and/or technological development financed by public funding agencies and private initiatives. He has published more than 550 scientific publications/communications, which includes 10 books, 45 book chapters, 100 original research papers, 370 research communications in national and international conferences, and has registered 12 patents. He is a member of the editorial board of 10 journals and acts as a reviewer for several national and international journals. His research interests include bioprocess engineering with an emphasis on microalgal biotechnology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Santa Maria, RS, Brazil

Leila Zepka

Leila Zepka
Prof. Dr. Leila Queiroz Zepka is currently an Associate professor at the Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM). She has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. She has published more than 450 scientific publications/communications, which include 10 books, 40 book chapters, 90 original research papers, 350 research communications in national and international conferences, and 12 patents. She is a member of the editorial board of 5 journals and acts as a reviewer for several national and international journals. Her research interests include microalgal biotechnology with an emphasis on microalgae-based products.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Santa Maria, RS, Brazil

Mariany Depra

Dr. Mariany Costa Deprá is currently a young researcher at the Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Santa Maria. She has a masters and doctorate in food science and technology from Federal University of Santa Maria. Her research interest includes process engineering with emphasis on life cycle assessments.

Affiliations and Expertise

researcher, Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil

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