Journal of Industrial Ecology

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Edited By: Reid Lifset

Impact Factor: 3.265

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 15/50 (Engineering Environmental); 50/225 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1530-9290

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Is Attributional Life Cycle Assessment Misleading in Policy-Making?

In issue #1 of volume 18 of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Plevin and colleagues presented a provocative argument against the use of attributional life cycle assessment (ALCA) “to answer the question of whether a change in energy system use results in climate-change mitigation benefits.” Plevin and colleagues’ discussion of ALCA and consequential LCA (CLCA) had a particular focus on climate-change mitigation and biofuels policy, but it seems clear that it is equally applicable to other policy domains. Their critique prompted several LCA and biofuels researchers to write letters to the editor. The article and series of letters is an important contribution to the on-going debate regarding the role of LCA in policy-making and the appropriate use of ALCA and CLCA. The original article, the letters, a response by Plevin and colleagues and an editorial are presented HERE

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