Characterization Factors to Assess Land Use Impacts on Pollinator Abundance in Life Cycle Assessment

dc.contributor.authorAlejandre, Elizabeth M.
dc.contributor.authorScherer, Laura
dc.contributor.authorGuinée, Jeroen B.
dc.contributor.authorAizen, Marcelo A.
dc.contributor.authorAlbrecht, Matthias
dc.contributor.authorBalzan, Mario V.
dc.contributor.authorBartomeus, Ignasi
dc.contributor.authorBevk, Danilo
dc.contributor.authorBurkle, Laura A.
dc.contributor.authorClough, Yann
dc.contributor.authorCole, Lorna J.
dc.contributor.authorDelphia, Casey M.
dc.contributor.authorDicks, Lynn V.
dc.contributor.authorGarratt, Michael P.D.
dc.contributor.authorKleijn, David
dc.contributor.authorKovács-Hostyánszki, Anikó
dc.contributor.authorMandelik, Yael
dc.contributor.authorPaxton, Robert J.
dc.contributor.authorPetanidou, Theodora
dc.contributor.authorPotts, Simon
dc.contributor.authorSárospataki, Miklós
dc.contributor.authorSchulp, Catharina J.E.
dc.contributor.authorStavrinides, Menelaos
dc.contributor.authorStein, Katharina
dc.contributor.authorStout, Jane C.
dc.contributor.authorSzentgyörgyi, Hajnalka
dc.contributor.authorVarnava, Androulla I.
dc.contributor.authorWoodcock, Ben A.
dc.contributor.authorvan Bodegom, Peter M.
dc.descriptionThis document is the unedited Author’s version of a Submitted Work that was subsequently accepted for publication in Environmental Science & Technology, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review. To access the final edited and published work see
dc.description.abstractWhile wild pollinators play a key role in global food production, their assessment is currently missing from the most commonly used environmental impact assessment method, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This is mainly due to constraints in data availability and compatibility with LCA inventories. To target this gap, relative pollinator abundance estimates were obtained with the use of a Delphi assessment, during which 25 experts, covering 16 nationalities and 45 countries of expertise, provided scores for low, typical, and high expected abundance associated with 24 land use categories. Based on these estimates, this study presents a set of globally generic characterization factors (CFs) that allows translating land use into relative impacts to wild pollinator abundance. The associated uncertainty of the CFs is presented along with an illustrative case to demonstrate the applicability in LCA studies. The CFs based on estimates that reached consensus during the Delphi assessment are recommended as readily applicable and allow key differences among land use types to be distinguished. The resulting CFs are proposed as the first step for incorporating pollinator impacts in LCA studies, exemplifying the use of expert elicitation methods as a useful tool to fill data gaps that constrain the characterization of key environmental impacts.en_US
dc.identifier.citationAlejandre, Elizabeth M., Laura Scherer, Jeroen B. Guinée, Marcelo A. Aizen, Matthias Albrecht, Mario V. Balzan, Ignasi Bartomeus et al. "Characterization factors to assess land use impacts on pollinator abundance in life cycle assessment." Environmental Science & Technology 57, no. 8 (2023): 3445-3454.en_US
dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Societyen_US
dc.rightscopyright American Chemical Society 2023en_US
dc.subjectpollinator abundanceen_US
dc.subjectecosystem serviceen_US
dc.subjectdelphi expert elicitationen_US
dc.subjectimpact assessmenten_US
dc.titleCharacterization Factors to Assess Land Use Impacts on Pollinator Abundance in Life Cycle Assessmenten_US
mus.citation.journaltitleEnvironmental Science & Technologyen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Agricultureen_US
mus.relation.departmentPlant Sciences & Plant Pathology.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US


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