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Methodology and references

References

Reference Documents

Arpin, M. and Maxime, D. (2010). Analyse du cycle de vie de la production de tourbe de sphaigne canadienne : rapport final post revue critique. Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services. 59 p.

Arpin, M. and Maxime, D. (2010). Analyse comparative du cycle de vie de substrats horticoles: rapport final post revue critique.

Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services. 76 p.

ISO 14 025 (2006). Environmental labels and declarations — Type III environmental declarations – Principles and procedures, International Organization for Standardization, 26 p.
ISO 14 040 (2006). Environmental management — Life cycle assessment — Principles and framework, International Organization for Standardization, 24 p.
ISO 14 044 (2006). Environmental management — Life cycle assessment — Requirements and guidelines, International Organization for Standardization, 56 p.

eLCA methodology and characterization factors

To establish the life cycle inventory, this study made use of the available primary data (i.e. the data specific to this case study). These primary data were collected from the memberships of the APTHQ and the CSPMA.

Data that were missing, incomplete or not easily accessible were derived by hypotheses and secondary data (generic data or theoretical data available in the literature and international LCA databases). Among the data in the life cycle inventory, the data found in the European ecoinvent Centre were the ones primarily used. The ecoinvent Centre is widely recognized in the international scientific community.

Calculation of the inventory and the evaluation of potential impacts associated with inventoried extractions and emissions was completed using SimaPro (v.7.1.8) software. The evaluation of life cycle impacts was completed using the internationally recognized European method, IMPACT 2002+ (Jolliet et al., 2003). In addition to providing results for 15 impact indicators, the method made possible the aggregation of four damage indicators.