Conditions for the broad application of prospective life cycle inventory databases
Steubing B, Mendoza Beltran A, Sacchi R (2023)
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, early on-line view (12 pages)
Excerpt from introduction
Major technological transitions are necessary to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change and other environmental damage (IPCC 2021). However, many of the technologies needed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 are still in the early stages of development (IEA 2021a). The implementation of these technologies is expected to occur once they are mature enough to enter the market. Some technologies will require significant capital and time to develop. Therefore, a good understanding of these technologies’ potential environmental impacts and guidance to minimize these impacts before such investments are made are crucial to meet environmental targets.
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