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Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analysis of Algal Fuels

  • Homa Hosseinzadeh-Bandbafha
  • Meisam TabatabaeiEmail author
  • Mortaza AghbashloEmail author
  • Alawi Sulaiman
  • Abbas Ghassemi
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series


Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is one of the most attractive tools employed nowadays by environmental policy-makers as well as business decision-makers to ensure environmentally sustainable production/consumption of various goods/services. LCA is a systematic, rigorous, and standardized approach aimed at quantifying resources consumed/depleted, pollutants released, and the related environmental and health impacts through the course of consumption and production of goods/service. Algal fuels are no exception and their environmental sustainability could be well scrutinized using the LCA methodology. In line with that, this chapter is devoted to present guidelines on the technical aspects of LCA application in algal fuels while elaborating on major standards used, i.e., ISO 14040 and 14044 standards. Overall, LCA practitioners as well as technical experts dealing with algal fuels in both the public and private sectors could be the main target audience for these guidelines.

Key words

Algal fuels Life-cycle assessment ISO standards Sustainable development 



Authors would like to thank Biofuel Research Team (BRTeam) for supporting this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Homa Hosseinzadeh-Bandbafha
    • 1
  • Meisam Tabatabaei
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Mortaza Aghbashlo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alawi Sulaiman
    • 4
  • Abbas Ghassemi
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering of Agricultural Machinery, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, College of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesUniversity of TehranKarajIran
  2. 2.Microbial Biotechnology DepartmentAgricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII), Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Organization (AREEO)KarajIran
  3. 3.Biofuel Research Team (BRTeam)KarajIran
  4. 4.Faculty of Plantation and AgrotechnologyUniversiti Teknologi MARAShah AlamMalaysia
  5. 5.Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE)New Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  6. 6.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of California MercedMercedUSA

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