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Serenella Sala   Dr.  Research or Laboratory Scientist 
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Serenella Sala published an article in September 2018.
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Michael Z. Hauschild

253 shared publications

M Hauschild, Center for Endocrinology and Metabolism in young adults (CEMjA), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland

Alexis Laurent

156 shared publications

Department of Digestive, Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Hôpital Henri Mondor, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Créteil, France

Leo Posthuma

101 shared publications

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM); Centre for Sustainability; Environment and Health; Bilthoven The Netherlands

Luca Rigamonti

88 shared publications

Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi 103, 41125 Modena, Italy

Peter Fantke

75 shared publications

Quantitative Sustainability Assessment Division, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Bygningstorvet 116, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Benchmarks for environmental impact of housing in Europe: Definition of archetypes and LCA of the residential building s... Monica Lavagna, Catia Baldassarri, Andrea Campioli, Serena G... Published: 01 September 2018
Building and Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.09.008
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The study describes the results of a full LCA applied to 24 statistically-based dwelling archetypes, representative of the EU housing stock in 2010. The aim is to quantify the average environmental impacts related to housing in Europe and to define reference values (baseline scenario) for policies development. The average environmental impacts has been calculated accounting for the number of dwellings (clustered per typology, year of construction and climate zone) related to each representative model. System boundaries include production, construction, use (energy and water consumption), maintenance/replacement, and end-of-life phases of each dwelling. The environmental life cycle impact assessment is carried out using the ILCD method. EU average annual environmental impact per person, per dwelling and per m2 were calculated. Results show that the average life cycle greenhouse gases emissions related to housing per person per year are 2.62 t CO2eq and related to a representative dwelling per year are of 6.36 t CO2eq. The use phase (energy and water consumption) is the most relevant one, followed by the production of construction materials and by replacement operations. Single-family houses are responsible for the highest share of impacts from housing in Europe. The same type of building has different impacts in different climatic zones, especially because of differences in the need for space heating. In general, electricity use and space heating are the activities that contribute the most to the overall impacts. The overall results could be used as a baseline scenario for testing eco-innovation scenarios for impact reduction and for setting targets.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Food waste accounting along global and European food supply chains: State of the art and outlook Sara Corrado, Serenella Sala Published: 01 September 2018
Waste Management, doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2018.07.032
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Contributing to environmental pollution and resources depletion, food waste represents a considerable inefficiency of the global food system. Within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, countries committed to halve per-capita food waste generated at retail and consumer levels and to decrease food waste along the food supply chain by 2030. Reliable and detailed information on food waste is of utmost importance for the actors of the food supply chain, organizations and governments willing to implement and monitor effective reduction strategies. The present paper is a review of existing studies on food waste generation at the global and European scales and aims primarily at describing and comparing the approaches adopted, and secondarily at analysing their potential in supporting food waste related European interventions and policies. Ten studies were selected among relevant scientific papers and grey literature and their underlying quantification methodologies were systematically analysed. Methodological elements discussed in the paper include type of waste streams captured by estimations, distinction between edible and inedible food waste along the agro-food supply chain, reported units of measure, overall inefficiencies of the food system, and uncertainty of data. Current estimations of food loss and waste generation range between 194–389 kg per person per year at the global scale, and between 158–298 kg per person per year at the European scale. However, further efforts are needed to improve their level of detail and reliability and to foster their support to food loss and waste-related strategies.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Social impact assessment in the mining sector: Review and comparison of indicators frameworks Lucia Mancini, Serenella Sala Published: 01 August 2018
Resources Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2018.02.002
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Quantifying household waste of fresh fruit and vegetables in the EU Valeria De Laurentiis, Sara Corrado, Serenella Sala Published: 01 July 2018
Waste Management, doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2018.04.001
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Techno-economic and profitability analysis of food waste biorefineries at European level Jorge Cristóbal, Carla Caldeira, Sara Corrado, Serenella Sal... Published: 01 July 2018
Bioresource Technology, doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.03.016
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Food waste represents a potential source to produce value-added materials replacing the use of virgin ones. However, the use of food waste as feedstock in biorefineries is still at an early stage of development and studies assessing its economic viability at large scale are lacking in the literature. This paper presents a techno-economic and profitability analysis of four food waste biorefineries that use wastes from tomato, potato, orange, and olive processing as feedstock. The study includes the assessment of potentially available quantity of those waste flows in Europe. Due to the low technology readiness level of this kind of biorefineries, a screening methodology to estimate the investment and manufacturing costs as well as two profitability ratios (the return on investment and the payback time) was adopted. Results show that not all the waste feedstock have the same potential and that the most profitable options are those related to implementing fewer plants, namely concentrating the production and capitalising on economies of scale.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Roadmap to Rebound: How to Address Rebound Effects from Resource Efficiency Policy David Font Vivanco, Serenella Sala, Will McDowall Published: 14 June 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10062009
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Increasing demand for resources has been met with a new wave of resource efficiency policies worldwide. Such policies are, however, vulnerable to rebound effects when increased resource efficiency leads to additional resource use via behavioural and systemic responses. Yet, the implications of policy-induced rebounds are mostly unknown since most studies have focused on costless and exogenous efficiency improvements that are not linked to any specific policy intervention. After reviewing the literature, we provide guidance for the analysis of policy-induced rebounds. With regards to scope and method design, we highlight the untapped potential of life cycle assessment (to capture trade-offs between life cycle stages and environmental pressures) and macro-economic modelling (to reveal economic consequences beyond supply chain effects). We also find striking asymmetries in research efforts, leaving knowledge gaps for key resource efficiency strategies targeting, among others, materials, water, land, biodiversity, and waste. Lastly, rebound effects generally focus on a single resource, usually energy, and much is ignored about their implications in the context of resource interlinkages. A better understanding of such cross-resource rebounds is key to design and to assess the effectiveness of emerging policy paradigms such as the resource nexus and the sustainable development goals.