Critical review on life cycle assessment of bio-based platform molecules: sustainability metrics of novel technologies
June 5 – 10, 2022
Bio-based platform chemicals are a set of compounds identified as key for biorefineries development . Their penetration into the current market would sustain the shifting towards a more sustainable circular bioeconomy. Specifically, their biological origin can reduce both petroleum dependency and waste landfilling. Although this constitutes a promising scenario, incumbent technologies are hampered by intrinsic difficulties mainly related to upstream processing and the complex biomass composition. In this sense, life cycle assessment (LCA) is a fundamental tool to identify hotspots and ensure environmental improvements against conventional petroleum-based processes. Even though the number of LCAs published on biochemicals has rapidly grown, comparison between them is still limited due to the heterogeneous methodological choices applied
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Jorge Blanco, Sandra Martín, José Iglesias, Jovita Moreno, and María Linares, "Critical review on life cycle assessment of bio-based platform molecules: sustainability metrics of novel technologies" in "WasteLCA_3: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment For Waste Management And Resource Optimization", Umberto Arena, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy; Thomas Astrup, University of Denmark, Denmark Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2022). https://dc.engconfintl.org/lca_waste_3/5