Spatial variability of human health impacts: application to a biorefinery process implementation

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Bratec, Florian (1,2); Bratec, Tatiana (1); Marty, Pauline (1); Troussier, Nadege (1); Diaz-Pichardo, Rene (1,3)
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Technology of Troyes
Section: Design for healthcare
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ISSN: 2220-4342


More and more attention is paid nowadays to the human health concerns, associated with environmental problems arising from the fossil fuel use. The world scientific community offers new alternatives that, despite being more environmentally friendly, require an analysis of their potential environmental impacts. For example, biorefineries are becoming increasingly widespread nowadays offering a large gamma of bio-based products. However, it is necessary to take into account what potential effects such facility may have on the human health, depending on its geographical location since different territories may be more or less sensitive to its installation. Our study describes a new bioprocess implementation in terms of impact on human health through three countries: France, Belgium or China. In order to understand what territory can be more appropriate to the industrial process installation in terms of its effects on the human health, we propose to use the spatialized life-cycle analysis methodology.

Keywords: Process modelling, Research methodologies and methods, Case study, Sustainability, Ecodesign


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