, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 503-507
Date: 07 Jul 2009

Popularize or publish? Growth in Australia


While the community of life cycle assessment (LCA) practitioners in Australia has developed relatively recently and is naturally smaller than in Europe or the United States, it is a vibrant community. The idea for this article was to examine the contribution made to LCA development by Australians, the rate of growth of this work, and its industry sectoral focus by quantitative analysis of publication data from four key LCA journals. Although these data suggest that the country’s publication rate has not changed much in the last 8 years and fallen relative to the international rate, applied LCA is playing an increasing role in the work of Australian industry and government. Current efforts of the Australian LCA Society are focused on the renewal and expansion of available inventory resources, standardization of life cycle inventory methodology, and improvement of impact assessment processes.