Chalmers Conferences, LCM 2013

Ian Vázquez-Rowe, Enrico Benetto

Last modified: 2014-09-11


Attributional LCA, which monitors the static state of a specific production system, is increasingly used in fisheries to assess the environmental profile of fleets and seafood supply chains. This approach is not pertinent to assess the effects of (large scale) policies. In contrast, consequential LCA (C-LCA) has been successfully implemented in other sectors to assess the expected changes in environmental impact in a given production system and other (marginal) production systems that may be affected in response to changes in the main system. C-LCA commonly combines LCA with economic models to simulate the interactions occurring between the analyzed systems. However, the use of these models may not be the most appropriate approach to follow for fisheries. Hence, it seems feasible that C-LCA should be combined with stock prediction tools rather than with economic models, to determine how changes in stock sizes and quota restrictions may cause variations in the environmental impact of fishing fleets.


consequential LCA; fisheries; policy making; quota restrictions; stock abundance


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