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Life Cycle Assessment and Ecosystem Services of Agromining

Abstract : Starting from the concept of sustainability and the need for related metrics, this chapter presents the basics of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology including different versions (attributional vs consequential, static vs dynamic). Key issues related to the application of LCA to agromining, either on natural soils (such as ultramafic soils) or on anthropogenically polluted areas (such as mine tailings), are highlighted. Land use impacts are more specifically described: these are linked to the ecosystem services rendered by land systems and characterized via indicators that attempt to quantify soil organic carbon content, biodiversity, and land erosion by rainfall and wind. In spite of the actual limitations on quantifying land use impacts, which are not specific to agromining projects, LCA offers a framework for discussion among agrominers regarding different aspects of their projects in terms of sustainability.
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Marie-Noëlle Pons, Jérémy Rodrigues, Marie-Odile Simonnot. Life Cycle Assessment and Ecosystem Services of Agromining. A. van der Ent; A.J.M. Baker; G. Echevarria; M.O. Simonnot; J.L. Morel. Agromining: farming for metals, extracting unconventional resources using plants. 2nd Edition, Springer Nature Switzerland, pp.75-98, 2021, 978-3-030-58903-5. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-58904-2_5⟩. ⟨hal-03203406⟩

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