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Understanding Biogenic Carbon:
The Science and Application of Biogenic Carbon in Life Cycle Assessment
Date: February 23, 2023
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
Presenters: Nathan Ayer, Caroline Taylor
Biogenic carbon is carbon that is derived from organic matter, absorbed and released to the atmosphere through biologically-mediated processes in current-era timescales. Current assumptions about the benefits of leveraging the biogenic carbon cycle and biogenic carbon storage have contributed to the global momentum to shift towards a bioeconomy, with bioeconomy concepts underpinning over half of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), as well as being an important element underpinning carbon offsets and credits. The management and modeling of biogenic carbon flows are increasingly at the center of policy, technology, and product development aimed at reducing flows of carbon to the atmosphere and mitigating climate change.
Approaches used to account for biogenic carbon in tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA) are currently lacking in consistency and transparency, and at times are not consistent with the science on biogenic carbon flows. As such, it is increasingly important to understand the science and application of biogenic carbon modeling to avoid misleading results, poorly-targeted policies and innovation, and unintended consequences.
This is the first of a two-part series on the science and application of biogenic carbon in LCA. This first session will explore the basic LCA-relevant scientific background on biogenic carbon and how to understand biogenic carbon flows between the environment and human systems and touch on emerging science. The second part of this series (to be offered in March) will provide an overview of common approaches, misconceptions, examples, and practical implications of modeling biogenic carbon in LCAs of products and systems.
Dr. Nathan Ayer is the Director of Analytical Services at EarthShift Global and has been working in LCA for over 16 years. Nathan is also an Instructor at Dalhousie University where he teaches courses in Sustainability and Ecological Economics. Nathan is a Certified LCA Practitioner (LCACP) under the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) and has published several papers relating to the modeling of biogenic carbon in forestry and forest bioenergy systems.
Dr. Caroline Taylor is currently serving as Assessment and Policy Research Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable & Circular Technologies at the University of Bath, is a member of the ACLCA’s Policy Committee, and has a long affiliation with EarthShift Global. Caroline has more than 20 years of experience in modeling and analysis, much of it in sustainability and LCA. As an early-career scientist she studied behavior in interfacial fluid and plant systems, and since moving fully into sustainability has worked extensively on crop systems and bioenergy/bioproducts in LCA.
Past Brown Bag Webinars:
You can access recordings of prior webinars on the EarthShift Global Official YouTube channel and via the links provided below.
Impacts of Plastic Litter in LCA: Developments & New Findings
LCA for Emerging Technologies
Circular Design in Electronics Industry
Advancing SMART Futures for Global Sustainability
Five Misperceptions Surrounding the Environmental Impacts of Single-Use Plastic
CELAVI Framework: Current & Future Capabilities & Applications
Using Planetary Boundaries with LCA for Absolute Sustainability Assessment and Target-setting
Sustainability Focused Innovation
Why Do I Need A Critical Review
LCA Study of the Substitution Policy in Colombia
Paths to Carbon Neutrality Panel Discussion featuring: Navitas Semiconductor, Interface, HP Inc.
Sustainable Water Mgmt for Decarbonizing Fossil Power Gen by Tim Skone, DOE
Anticipatory LCA Approach to Improve Climate from Emerging Carbon Capture and Utilization Technologies: NREL
HP Taking LCA One Step Further by Tom Etheridge
Balancing Creativity & Data, Making Sustainability Easier: TrueNorth Collective
Packaging LCA in the Automotive Industry: Cummins
Gaining Traction with your Sustainability Initiative: WholeWorks
Tackling the Plastic Pollution Crisis: WWF
Circularity for Packaging - Past, Present and Future: PTIS
Reconciling Values and Facts in Comparative LCA by Valentina Prado
Apportionment Lowering Energy Investments: Eastman Energy
LCA of an Innovative Shelf Life Extension Technology: Apeel Sciences
LCA In the Sub-National Context: Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
Ice Core Tales of Climate Change from Opposite Ends of Earth: UNH EOS
Earth Stories & Why They Matter
Communicating Sustainability Using Storytelling
Lifecycle of Building Materials & Other Embodied Carbon: Thornton Tomasetti
Environmental Impacts of Alluvial Gold Mining, Peruvian Amazon: PELCAN
The Financial Case for High Performance Buildings: stok
LCA and Biomimicry: Arizona State University
CO2 Sequestration by Methane Eating Bacteria: Stanford University
Anticipatory LCA Explorative Comparative Design with Lise Laurin
Anticipatory LCA 101 with Valentina Prado
Eliminating the Idea of Waste with TerraCycle
Can We Reverse Climate Change: Interface
Goals & Tools to Drive Sustainability: Dow
Sustainability Services: Waste Management