LCA of Forest Products—Challenges and Solutions

  • Gustav Sandin
  • Greg M. Peters
  • Magdalena Svanström
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)


This chapter provides an extensive walkthrough of the important challenges encountered when carrying out life cycle assessment (LCA) of forest products, and proposes some solutions to these challenges, with examples from the scientific literature and technical reports. The topics include: modelling future and/or uncertain product systems, handling multi-functionality (i.e., allocation problems), inventory analysis and impact assessment (carbon flow modelling, assessing climate impact, biodiversity loss, water cycle disturbances and energy use), managing trade-offs and connecting the LCA work to global environmental challenges, and integrating LCA work in the R&D of new products.


Inventory data Consequential Attributional Temporal modelling Spatial modelling Baseline Characterisation method Carbon footprint Climate change Land use Water use Planetary boundaries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustav Sandin
    • 1
  • Greg M. Peters
    • 2
  • Magdalena Svanström
    • 2
  1. 1.SP Sustainable Built EnvironmentSP Technical Research Institute of SwedenGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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