Life cycle assessment as a guide for designing circular business models in the wood panel industry: A critical review

Cristiane Karyn de Carvalho Araújo*, Mariane Bigarelli Ferreira, Rodrigo Salvador, Camilla Kawane Ceciliano de Carvalho Araújo, Bruno Silva Camargo, Sâmique Kyene de Carvalho Araújo Camargo, Cristiane Inácio de Campos, Cassiano Moro Piekarski

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Abstract

The objective of the present study is to use life cycle assessment (LCA) to guide the design and implementation of circular business models (CBM) in the wood panel industry towards a cleaner production. Initially, searches in the literature were carried out to select articles on LCA of wood panels, to investigate the possible synergies between LCA and CBMs in the wood panel industry. Investigations of the production system of reconstituted wood panels, with regard to both the biological and technical cycles, allowed spotting signs of existing circularity in some parts of the manufacturing stage, such as the use of wastes for combustion and generation of energy, and the use of ash from combustion processes. In order to reduce impacts, identified via LCA, CBMs for the wood panel sector were proposed, seeking to reduce the impacts identified via LCA and fill the circular gaps left by existing practices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number131729
JournalJournal of cleaner production
Volume355
Number of pages14
ISSN0959-6526
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Circular economy
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Circular business model
  • Circular bioeconomy
  • Wood panel industry

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