Science Inventory

Considerations in linking energy scenario modeling and Life Cycle Analysis

Citation:

Loughlin, Dan, L. Ran, AND Chris Nolte. Considerations in linking energy scenario modeling and Life Cycle Analysis. 2017 EPA Int'l Emissions Inventory Conference, MD, Baltimore, August 15 - 18, 2017.

Impact/Purpose:

The purpose of this presentation is to stimulate discussion among the emission scenario projection community and the life cycle analysis community regarding how ongoing scenario modeling developments can help inform life cycle activities.

Description:

The U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) has been exploring approaches for estimating U.S. anthropogenic air pollutant emissions through the mid-21st century. As a result, we have developed the Emission Scenario Projection methodology, or ESP. In this document, we provide an overview of ESP development and capabilities, then highlight possible future directions. Next, we switch gears to describe a typical life cycle analysis (LCA) and discuss briefly some limitations of standard LCA approaches. Finally, linkage of ESP and LCA is proposed as a way to address the limitations. Three possible linkages are listed: (i) driving the underlying assumptions in the LCA with scenarios developed via EPS; (ii) gaining insights into the spatial allocation of LCA results using the future-year inventory projections developed with ESP, and (iii) integrating LC factors directly into the ESP energy system representation to capture LC impacts of various scenarios. This document and the related presentation are intended to stimulate discussion between the emission projection and LCA communities.

URLs/Downloads:

LOUGHLINRANNOLTE_INTLEMISINVCONF_2017_V081117.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 1037.614 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Product Published Date: 08/18/2017
Record Last Revised: 10/24/2017
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 338018

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT DIVISION

ENERGY AND NATURAL SYSTEMS BRANCH