Environmental sustainability of industrial processes

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a part of a methodological framework designed to address a sustainable development. The life cycle of a product or of any human activity is examined through an inventory anaysis of the inputs (materials, energy, natural resources) and the outputs (emissions to air, water, and soi) of the system under study, follewd by the assessment of the potential environmental impacts associated to this inventory

The scientific activity concerns the environmental sustainability of products/processes by applying tools for analysis and modelling of the life cycle through the use of commercial software (SimaPro), according to the international regulations (ISO 14040/44). Chemical process are studied in order to identify the most polluting step in the life cycle and afterwards to implement the improvement of environmental performance of the product systems. Besides the LCA methodology is applied to compare existing and in developing processes as a support tool in decision making (e.g. to improve product design, for example the choice of materials, the selection of technologies, specific design criteria and when considering recycling).

Research group
Monica Puccini, Andrea Luca Tasca, Sandra Vitolo

Main publications:

Puccini, M., Leandri, P., Tasca, A.L., Pistonesi, L., Losa, M., Improving the environmental sustainability of low noise pavements: Comparative life cycle assessment of reclaimed asphalt and crumb rubber based warm mix technologie (2019), Coatings, 9: article number 343

Tasca, A.L., Puccini, M., Leather Tanning: Liife Cycle Assessment of Retanning, Fatliquoring and Dyeing (2019), Journal of Cleaner Production, 226: 720-729

Tasca, A.L., Bacci di Capaci, R., Tognotti, L., Puccini, M., Biomethane from short rotation forestry and microalgal open ponds: system modeling and life cycle assessment (2019), Bioresource Technology, 273: 468-477