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Opportunities and limits in the application of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method adopted to pulp demanded by the German paper production industry

  • The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach is the most important tool in the evaluation of environmental (sustainability) impacts of products and processes. We used the method to conduct an impact analysis with regard to raw material inputs (pulp) for the German paper production industry. In our analysis, we compare the environmental effects of primary sulphate pulp, scrap paper pulp and grass-based pulp and estimate their impacts in the impact categories "greenhouse gas emissions", "eutrophication" as well as "energy and water consumption". Furthermore, we discuss the opportunities of the methodical approach and some general problems and limits of the application of a LCA. In conclusion, we found environmental advantages for the use of grass as an alternative resource in the German paper production industry, especially in the fields of transport and water consumption.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Nicolas Fuchshofen, Johannes Klement, Wiltrud Terlau
Parent Title (English):Deiters, Rickert et al. (Eds.): Proceedings of the 12th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks. February 05‐09, 2018, Innsbruck‐Igls, Austria
First Page:113
Last Page:118
Place of publication:Bonn
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2018/07/12
Keyword:German paper production industry; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); environmental impact analysis; grass-based pulp; methodical limits of LCA; sustainable development
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 67 Industrielle Fertigung / 676 Zellstoff und Papierherstellung
Entry in this database:2018/07/14
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International