Social life cycle assessment of biodiesel production at three levels: A literature review and development needs

Macombe Catherine, Leskinen Pekka, Feschet Pauline, Antikainen Riina. 2013. Social life cycle assessment of biodiesel production at three levels: A literature review and development needs. Journal of Cleaner Production, 52 : pp. 205-216.

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Abstract : Assessment of social impacts of products and services has gained increasing interest in society. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool developed to estimate the impacts of products and services from cradle to grave. Traditionally LCA has focused on environmental impacts, but recently approaches for social life cycle assessment (SLCA) have also been developed. Most of them fairly address social performances of business, but the aim of this paper is to analyse the possibilities and development needs in the complementary approach, which is the evaluation of social impacts in LCA.We review the field in general and take a closer look at the empirical case of biodiesel production, which is a timely topic globally in view of the climate change mitigation objectives. The analysis is carried out at three levels e company, regional, and state level. Despite active development in the field of SLCA, we conclude that in many cases it is not yet possible to carry out a comprehensive SLCA. Finally, we outline lines of research that would further improve the methodological and empirical basis of SLCA at various levels of decision-making. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Production énergétique, Biocarburant, Impact sur l'environnement, Évaluation de l'impact, Sociologie, Aide à la décision, Huile de palme, Elaeis guineensis, Forêt, Biomasse, Algae, Méthodologie, Analyse du cycle de vie

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Monde

Mots-clés complémentaires : Analyse du cycle de vie sociale

Classification Agris : P06 - Renewable energy resources
E50 - Rural sociology
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
000 - Other themes
U30 - Research methods
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 2 (2005-2013) - Biomasse énergie et sociétés du sud

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Macombe Catherine, CIRAD-AMIS-UMR ITAP (FRA)
  • Leskinen Pekka, Finnish Environment Institute (FIN)
  • Feschet Pauline, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Systèmes de culture bananes et ananas (FRA)
  • Antikainen Riina, Spinverse (FIN)

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