LCA for emerging waste treatment technologies: theoretical approach and practical application

Conference Dates

June 5 – 10, 2022


Our work is focusing on the assessment of the life cycle environmental performance of emerging technologies on waste treatment, by applying the LCA principles and tools (EASETECH, SimaPro). These technologies aim at the valorisation of waste for the production of bio-based products, the recovery of materials from waste and the optimization of established waste treatment technologies. A summarizing scheme including the feedstock types and the main processes used as well as the resulting products is illustrated in Figure 1. The technology readiness level (TRL) of the examined treatment schemes ranges between 3-6, while this diversification is also obvious within the treatment schemes themselves. The main aim for conducting LCA in all of the aforementioned emerging technologies is to timely inform the design and development process in order to support decision making for future investments.

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