Project Title: Marine Impacts in LCA (MariLCA)
Co-Implementing Partners: FSCLI e.V., Politécnica Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), CIRAIG, UCSB, NTNU
Funding Partners: Plastics Europe, and the funding partners of the Life Cycle Initiative
MariLCA works to harmonize the development of environmental impact pathways and characterization factors for marine impact assessment in LCA, specifically from marine (plastic) litter. The project has three phases
Phase 1: Develop a framework document on different impact pathways associated with marine litter and identify the gaps and building blocks (2019).
Phase 2: Fill in methodological gaps in LCIA related to marine litter (2019 – 2022).
Phase 3: Build consensus to deliver a harmonized and consensus-based impact pathway framework and methods addressing plastic litter impacts in LCA (2023-2025).
In June 2020 a framework paper was presented in collaboration with NTN University of Norway to over 90 people during MariLCA’s “Webinar on Introducing the Methodological Framework”. Another paper on nanoplastics has been submitted to the Journal of Ecological Indicators.