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Valentina Castellani   Dr.  Research or Laboratory Scientist 
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Valentina Castellani published an article in August 2016.
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Serenella Sala

71 shared publications

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D-Sustainable Resources, Bio-Economy Unit, I-Ispra, Italy

Elena Collina

9 shared publications

Nadia Mirabella

3 shared publications

University of Milan – BICOCCA

Michela Secchi

1 shared publications

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(2012 - 2016)
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Article 0 Reads 5 Citations Assessing eco-innovations in green chemistry: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a cosmetic product with a bio-based ingredi... Michela Secchi, Valentina Castellani, Elena Collina, Nadia M... Published: 01 August 2016
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.04.073
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Article 2 Reads 7 Citations Beyond the throwaway society: A life cycle-based assessment of the environmental benefit of reuse Valentina Castellani, Serenella Sala, Nadia Mirabella Published: 16 March 2015
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, doi: 10.1002/ieam.1614
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Article 0 Reads 8 Citations Sustainability Indicators Integrating Consumption Patterns in Strategic Environmental Assessment for Urban Planning Valentina Castellani, Serenella Sala Published: 12 August 2013
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su5083426
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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) practices in Europe have been traditionally applied to assess potential environmental impacts due to socio-economic drivers implying specific land use (viz. infrastructure, building and industrial development). However, other socioeconomic drivers related to citizen behavior, such as household consumption, may significantly contribute to the overall local impacts, but are usually neglected in SEA. Aiming at enlarging the traditional approaches adopted in SEA, the present study integrates two environmental sustainability indicators capturing different aspects of consumption patterns: ecological footprint and carbon balance. The two indicators are calculated in addition to a more traditional set of environmental indicators in order to: (i) understand if the level of consumption of the local community exceeds the limits of natural resources of the area (in a perspective of self-sustainment at the local scale); and (ii) identify the role of spatial planning choices in determining the environmental sustainability of the entire system. The two indicators are calculated and discussed in the context of the SEA of the urban master plans of four municipalities in northern Italy. The two indicators may represent a good proxy for lifestyle impacts, even if some strengths and weaknesses arose from the application to the case study.
Article 0 Reads 7 Citations Life cycle assessment of bio-based products: a disposable diaper case study Nadia Mirabella, Valentina Castellani, Serenella Sala Published: 21 February 2013
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, doi: 10.1007/s11367-013-0556-6
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Research findings and decision making: the case of renewable energy Valentina Castellani, Andrea Piazzalunga, Serenella Sala Published: 01 January 2013
Environmental Sciences Europe, doi: 10.1186/2190-4715-25-22
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Background Energy policies from local to global scale are increasingly questioned in terms of sustainability. Evidence- and science-based decision making in this field needs a robust and transparent integrated assessment of policy options. Nevertheless, scientific findings do not lead straight to political conclusions, and the relationship between science and decision making is a debated issue. The article discusses the main barriers to effective interaction and communication between scientific enquiry and decision making and proposes some effective ways to overcome these barriers, starting from experiences in the biomass energy sector. Results The article discusses the case of wood fuel, focusing on one of the European hot spots for air pollution, namely the Po Valley in Northern Italy. It proves to be an interesting case, especially because of the ambiguity between the positive and the negative aspects of wood burning, which, if not adequately integrated by information about the specific conditions that influence pollution levels, can lead to opposite political decisions about the use of wood in local energy plans. Conclusions Starting from scientific findings, it is possible to derive guidelines about the best practices to adopt in order to reduce environmental impacts along the whole wood fuel chain. In this regard, associations of producers and of consumers and other existing networks (e.g., forestry consortia) can be very useful, either as a source of information not published in the scientific literature and as intermediaries for translating the knowledge into a more usable format and to convey information to the final targets identified (e.g., policy makers, firms, and final users).
Article 0 Reads 14 Citations Ecological Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment in the sustainability assessment of tourism activities Valentina Castellani, Serenella Sala Published: 01 May 2012
Ecological Indicators, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.08.002
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