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LCA as decision support tool in the food and feed sector: evidence from R&D case studies

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Biomass waste and waste-derived feedstocks are important resources for the development of sustainable value-added products. However, the provision and preparation of biomass as well as all possible downstream processing steps need to be thoroughly analyzed to gain environmentally sound and economically viable products. Additionally, its impacts are substantially determined by decisions made at early development stages. Therefore, sustainability assessment methods can support to improve the production process, reduce waste, and costs and help decision-making, at the industrial as well as policy levels. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an analysis technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all product's life cycle stages. It is a well-established tool to drive development towards a sustainable direction, however, its application in the earlier research phase is surrounded by practical challenges. The overall objective of this paper is to provide an understanding of the environmental issues involved in the early stages of product and process development and the opportunities for life cycle assessment techniques to address these issues. Thus, herein two LCA case studies are presented, dealing with novel approaches for food and feed supply through implementing the valorization and upcycling of waste and side-streams, respectively. In both case studies, LCA is used as a decision support tool for R&amp;D activities to launch environmentally sound products to market, as well as to highlight the usefulness of LCA for identifying environmental issues at an earlier stage of development, regardless of product, process, or service.</jats:p>
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Ott, Denise, Shashank Goyal, Rosmarie Reuss, Herwig O. Gutzeit, Jens Liebscher, Jens Dautz, Margo Degieter, Hans De Steur, and Emanuele Zannini. 2022. “LCA as Decision Support Tool in the Food and Feed Sector: Evidence from R&amp;D Case Studies.” Environment Systems and Decisions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10669-022-09874-y.
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Ott, Denise, Shashank Goyal, Rosmarie Reuss, Herwig O. Gutzeit, Jens Liebscher, Jens Dautz, Margo Degieter, Hans De Steur, and Emanuele Zannini. 2022. “LCA as Decision Support Tool in the Food and Feed Sector: Evidence from R&amp;D Case Studies.” Environment Systems and Decisions. doi:10.1007/s10669-022-09874-y.
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Ott D, Goyal S, Reuss R, Gutzeit HO, Liebscher J, Dautz J, et al. LCA as decision support tool in the food and feed sector: evidence from R&amp;D case studies. Environment Systems and Decisions. 2022;
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D. Ott et al., “LCA as decision support tool in the food and feed sector: evidence from R&amp;D case studies,” Environment Systems and Decisions, 2022.
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Ott, Denise, et al. “LCA as Decision Support Tool in the Food and Feed Sector: Evidence from R&amp;D Case Studies.” Environment Systems and Decisions, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2022, doi:10.1007/s10669-022-09874-y.
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Ott, D., Goyal, S., Reuss, R., Gutzeit, H. O., Liebscher, J., Dautz, J., … Zannini, E. (2022). LCA as decision support tool in the food and feed sector: evidence from R&amp;D case studies. Environment Systems and Decisions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10669-022-09874-y
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