Expanding the coverage of ecosystem service impacts in Life Cycle Assessment
- E. Migoni Alejandre
- Thursday 5 October 2023
2311 GJ Leiden
- Prof.dr.ir. P.M. van Bodegom
- Prof.dr.ir. J.B. Guinee
To contribute to the body of knowledge aiming at a better coverage of ecosystem service assessment in LCA studies, this thesis dived into the challenges of incorporating existing ecosystem service methods within the impact assessment phase of the conventional LCA framework. Through this thesis, we present an overview of ecosystem service categories that could represent an optimal coverage for their inclusion in LCA, and provide a clear example on how to overcome the challenges of characterizing key environmental impacts that are otherwise missing or misrepresented in LCA results and that influence the quality and supply of ecosystem services. We demonstrate the approach proposed with the development of readily applicable CFs that will allow future LCA studies to account for land use impacts on pollinator abundance, and provide further evidence on the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration as a way to strengthen our capacity to estimate anthropogenic impacts, with the use of expert elicitation methods as a valuable tool to fill in key data gaps.
Approximately one week after the defence, PhD dissertations by Leiden PhD students are available digitally through the Leiden Repository, that offers free access to these PhD dissertations. Please note that in some cases a dissertation may be under embargo temporarily and access to its full-text version will only be granted later.
Press enquiries (journalists only)
Scientific communication adviser
071 527 1521
+31 71 527 7211