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Matthias Finkbeiner   Professor  Institute, Department or Faculty Head 
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Matthias Finkbeiner published an article in July 2016.
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Pere Fullana-I-Palmer

32 shared publications

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Markus Berger

8 shared publications

Technische Universität Berlin

Erwin M. Schau

7 shared publications

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability

Ya-Ju Chang

5 shared publications

Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Laura Schneider

4 shared publications

Technische Universität Berlin

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BOOK-CHAPTER 3 Reads 0 Citations Introducing “Special Types of Life Cycle Assessment” Matthias Finkbeiner Published: 28 July 2016
LCA Compendium – The Complete World of Life Cycle Assessment, doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-7610-3_1
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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations LCA Perspectives for Resource Efficiency Assessment Laura Schneider, Vanessa Bach, Matthias Finkbeiner Published: 28 July 2016
LCA Compendium – The Complete World of Life Cycle Assessment, doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-7610-3_5
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Article 2 Reads 1 Citation Statistical analysis of empirical lifetime mileage data for automotive LCA Elisabeth Weymar, Matthias Finkbeiner Published: 07 January 2016
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, doi: 10.1007/s11367-015-1020-6
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Article 3 Reads 6 Citations Saving the Planet’s Climate or Water Resources? The Trade-Off between Carbon and Water Footprints of European Biofuels Markus Berger, Stephan Pfister, Vanessa Bach, Matthias Finkb... Published: 26 May 2015
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su7066665
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Little information regarding the global water footprint of biofuels consumed in Europe is available. Therefore, the ultimate origin of feedstock underlying European biodiesel and bioethanol consumption was investigated and combined with the irrigation requirements of different crops in different countries. A (blue) water consumption of 1.9 m³ in 12 countries per GJ of European biodiesel and 3.3 m³ in 23 countries per GJ of bioethanol was determined. Even though this represents an increase by a factor of 60 and 40 compared to fossil diesel and gasoline, these figures are low compared to global average data. The assessment of local consequences has shown that the irrigation of sunflower seed in Spain causes 50% of the impacts resulting from biodiesel—even though it constitutes only 0.9% of the feedstock. In case of bioethanol production, the irrigation of sugar cane in Egypt, which constitutes only 0.7% of the underlying feedstock, causes 20% of the impacts. In a case study on passenger cars, it was shown that biofuels can reduce the global warming potential by circa 50% along the product life cycle. However, the price of this improvement is an approximate 19 times increased water consumption, and resulting local impacts are even more severe.
Article 0 Reads 6 Citations Assessing Child Development: A Critical Review and the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI) Laura Schneider, Ya-Ju Chang, Matthias Finkbeiner Published: 24 April 2015
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su7054973
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Children are an important stakeholder group for sustainable development, as they represent the interface between current and future generations. A comprehensive assessment of child development (CD) in the context of sustainable development is still missing. In this paper, as a first step, a literature review is conducted to identify relevant aspects and gaps related to the assessment of CD. The main issues of CD are categorized into seven themes: health, education, safety, economic status, relationships, participation, and newly proposed environmental aspects. The corresponding subthemes and criteria are classified accordingly (e.g., nutrition, child mortality, immunization, etc., are assigned to the theme health). However, gaps in current studies, such as the heterogeneous classification of relevant aspects, regional and societal bias in addressing certain aspects, the limited number of subthemes, and criteria and the missing inclusion of environmental aspects impede the assessment of sustainable child development. To address the existing gaps, a comprehensive framework, the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI), is proposed. The SCDI is based on sustainable development as the core value, considers relevant aspects of CD with regard to newly-proposed environmental aspects and includes 26 aspects on an outcome and 37 indicators on a context level to tackle the heterogeneous classifications and interdependencies of relevant aspects. The proposed index intends to strengthen the stakeholder perspective of children in sustainability assessment.
Article 1 Read 24 Citations Impact Pathways to Address Social Well-Being and Social Justice in SLCA—Fair Wage and Level of Education Sabrina Neugebauer, Marzia Traverso, René Scheumann, Ya-Ju C... Published: 30 July 2014
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su6084839
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Social well-being and social justice are meant to create a positive outcome meaningful for people and societies. According to the guidelines of social life cycle assessment, especially well-being should be considered as the main area of protection to assess social impacts of products. In addition, equity and equality need to be addressed in terms of social justice to ensure a fair and ethic society. However, even if a lot of studies focused on the definition social indicators to assess resulting impacts, neither have scientific or common agreements been founded to define a valid set of indicators, nor have consistent pathways from inventory towards impact indicators been established. This work, therefore, proposes possible pathways from life cycle inventory to impact assessment of two social midpoint categories: fair wage and level of education. Respective cause-effect-chains are developed based on the environmental life cycle assessment principle. Correspondingly, social inventory indicators throughout direct impacts to midpoint and endpoint categories are defined. Three endpoint categories are included (economic welfare, damage to human health and environmental stability) to address social well-being and social justice. Qualitative characterization factors and a scaling method are proposed to evaluate the impacts according to threshold and reference values from valuable literature.