MarILCA-R2-01

Integrating potential environmental impacts of marine litter into LCA

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about The Project

This project will allow to integrate potential environmental impacts of marine litter, especially plastic, in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) results. This will lead to a more comprehensive picture of potential environmental impacts in order to identify trade-offs associated with the use of plastic and other materials in a product system.

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Project Phases

The project will be carried out along three main project phases from 2019 - 2025.
Phase 1

Provide a first Framework paper developing and illustrating the different impact pathways associated with marine litter to be developed and identify the gaps and building blocks (January 2019 – December 2019).

Phase 2

Coordinate and launch different research projects (Master’s and PhDs) aiming at filling identified gaps and act as a central scientific reference on the topic to avoid overlaps (2019 - 2022), welcoming members who are working and contributing on the topic. Findings and updates are regularly discussed with stakeholders via a platform and workshops.

Phase 3

Consensus building (2023-2025). Deliver a harmonized and consensus-based impact pathway framework and methods addressing plastic litter impacts (and potentially other complementary marine impacts) in LCA.

Acting now is crucial!

Growing evidence suggests that marine plastics represent a substantial challenge to marine biodiversity with over 500 species which are known to be affected by entanglement, ingestion, and ghost fishing.

(UN Environment, 2018)

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Our team

The project was founded by a team of committed and experienced researchers.
Anne-Marie Boulay

CIRAIG (Co-Chair)

Ian Vazquez

PUCP (Co-Chair)

Francesca Verones

NTNU

John Woods

NTNU

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Our Project Partners

We would like to thank our project partners for their support in realizing this project.
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Project News

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