Thursday, 30 May 2013

Water Footprinting and LCA in biorefinery systems

Hamed Mohammadifardi will be speaking at a public seminar regarding water footprinting methods within life cycle assessment (LCA) as it applies to biorefinery systems.

Tuesday, June 4
2:00 - 3:00 pm
EV2-2006

The large scale production of biomass for biofuels and bioproducts has raised several environmental sustainability issues, the most recent one being related to the use of freshwater resources. However, LCA studies of biorefinery systems do not account for freshwater use (Cherubini et al.,
2011). Currently, there is a lack of suitable freshwater-use impact assessment methodologies for LCA. 

This presentation will focus on some methods for accounting of freshwater use in LCA, and evaluate their application to LCA of biofuel and bioproduct systems. Finally, it will also highlight shortcomings and conflicting results obtained by applying different water accounting methods in the LCA of biorefinery systems.

Hamed Mohammadifardi, MSc
A research assistant in SEED and an incoming PhD candidate in ERS, Hamed recently finished his Masters at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, where he conducted research on water footprinting methods for biorefinery systems.