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Integrating potential environmental impacts of marine litter into LCA


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.


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)


Our Core team

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

CIRAIG (Co-Chair)

Ian Vazquez

PUCP (Co-Chair)

Francesca Verones



In addition to our core team, a number of other engaged researchers contribute to the project. You can learn more about them and their projects here!


Our Project Management Partners

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

Project News

Learn more about everything happening around MariLCA.

MarILCA Update Webinar Recording

We are happy to share with you that our project co-chair Anne-Marie Boulay recently gave an overview of the progress of the MarILCA project during a webinar on “Impacts of…

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Our Funding Partners

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