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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the last frontier: quantifying the environmental impacts and environmental impact reduction strategy for Australia’s Antarctic infrastructure
Karli Verghese


Verghese K
RMIT University

Crossin E
RMIT University

Lockrey S
RMIT University

Abbott M
Lincoln University


The whole of systems thinking that life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology employs will be used to model and quantify the environmental impacts of the infrastructure and operations of Casey station in the Australian Antarctic Territory. This presentation will provide an overview of the five year funded project through the Australian Antarctic Science Grant 2012-13 that began in April 2013. The project was born out of pilot LCA research conducted by RMIT with the University of Otago, focusing on Antarctic New Zealand’s Scott Base. The insights from that work is informing the Australian research, particularly through workshops involving key stakeholders that can identify where human behaviours and practices could present opportunities for change. The proposed outcomes of the project will be the development of an LCA based decision support tool that AAD can use to model different scenarios regarding infrastructure and operations, in addition to development of strategies based on LCA to reduce the environmental impacts of operating Casey station.

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  • 11th June 2013
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