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Karlsson, C., Miliutenko, S., Björklund, A., Mörtberg, U., Olofsson, B. & Toller, S. (2017). Life cycle assessment in road infrastructure planning using spatial geological data. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 22(8), 1302-1317
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2017 (English)In: The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, ISSN 0948-3349, E-ISSN 1614-7502, Vol. 22, no 8, p. 1302-1317Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to outline and demonstrate a new geographic information system (GIS)-based approach for utilising spatial geological data in three dimensions (i.e. length, width and depth) to improve estimates on earthworks during early stages of road infrastructure planning. Methods: This was undertaken by using three main methodological steps: mass balance calculation, life cycle inventory analysis and spatial mapping of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use. The mass balance calculation was undertaken in a GIS environment using two assumptions of geological stratigraphy for two proposed alternative road corridors in Sweden. The estimated volumes of excavated soil, blasted rock and filling material were later multiplied with the GHG emission and energy use factors for these processes, to create spatial data and maps in order to show potential impacts of the studied road corridors. The proposed GIS-based approach was evaluated by comparing with actual values received after one alternative was constructed. Results and discussion: The results showed that the estimate of filling material was the most accurate (about 9 % deviation from actual values), while the estimate for excavated soil and blasted rock resulted in about 38 and 80 % deviation, respectively, from the actual values. It was also found that the total volume of excavated and ripped soils did not change when accounting for stratigraphy. Conclusions: The conclusion of this study was that more information regarding embankment height and actual soil thickness would further improve the model, but the proposed GIS-based approach shows promising results for usage in LCA at an early stage of road infrastructure planning. Thus, by providing better data quality, GIS in combination with LCA can enable planning for a more sustainable transport infrastructure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2017
Keywords
Energy, Geology, GHG emissions, GIS, LCA, Mass balance, Road, Stratigraphy
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-197305 (URN)10.1007/s11367-016-1241-3 (DOI)000405292800012 ()2-s2.0-85010809681 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council FormasStandUp
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QC 20170118

Available from: 2016-12-01 Created: 2016-12-01 Last updated: 2017-08-02Bibliographically approved
Fauré, E., Arushanyan, Y., Ekener, E., Miliutenko, S. & Finnveden, G. (2017). Methods for assessing future scenarios from a sustainability perspective. European Journal of Futures Research, 5(1), Article ID UNSP 17.
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2017 (English)In: European Journal of Futures Research, ISSN 2195-4194, E-ISSN 2195-2248, Vol. 5, no 1, article id UNSP 17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Future scenarios are often used to address long-term challenges characterised by uncertainty and complexity, as they can help explore different alternative future pathways. Scenarios can therefore be a useful tool to support policy and guide action towards sustainability. But what sustainability aspects are put forward in scenarios and how are they assessed? This paper aims to explore how to assess future scenarios, categorised according to Borjeson et al. (Futures 38: 723-739, 2006) i.e. predictive, explorative and normative scenarios. By conducting a literature review and a document analysis, we map tools and methods that are currently used to assess environmental and social sustainability aspects in scenarios. We also draw on experiences from methods for impact assessments of Swedish municipal comprehensive plans, which can be considered as future scenarios. We identify whether some sustainability aspects are less recurrent than others in the reviewed assessments or even left out. We find that there is no single tool that can be used to assess scenarios. Some quantitative tools based on databases may be more suitable for assessing scenarios within a shorter time horizon, whereas qualitative assessment methods might better fit the purpose of long-term transformative scenarios. We also find that assessment frameworks may be useful to guide the assessment, as to what its intended purpose is and which sustainability aspects to include. Finally we discuss whether further assessment tools are needed in order to include a wider array of potential environmental or social consequences of the content of scenarios.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SPRINGER HEIDELBERG, 2017
Keywords
Future scenarios, Backcasting, Sustainability assessments, Assessment methods, Assessment tools, Environmental, Social
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-220828 (URN)10.1007/s40309-017-0121-9 (DOI)000418373900001 ()2-s2.0-85041582321 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20180122

Available from: 2018-01-22 Created: 2018-01-22 Last updated: 2018-11-22Bibliographically approved
Miliutenko, S. (2016). Consideration of life cycle energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for improved road infrastructure planning. (Doctoral dissertation). KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Global warming is one of the biggest challenges of our society. The road transport sector is responsible for a big share of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, which are considered to be the dominant cause of global warming. Although most of those emissions are associated with traffic operation, road infrastructure should not be ignored, as it involves high consumption of energy and materials during a long lifetime.

The aim of my research was to contribute to improved road infrastructure planning by developing methods and models to include a life cycle perspective. In order to reach the aim, GHG emissions and energy use at different life cycle stages of road infrastructure were assessed in three case studies using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). These case studies were also used for development of methodology for LCA of road infrastructure. I have also investigated the coupling of LCA with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the possibility to integrate LCA into Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

The results of the first case study indicated that operation of the tunnel (mainly, lighting and ventilation) has the largest contribution in terms of energy use and GHG emissions throughout its life cycle. The second case study identified the main hotspots and compared two methods for asphalt recycling and asphalt reuse. The results of the third case study indicated that due to the dominant contribution of traffic to the total impact of the road transport system, the difference in road length plays a major role in choice of road alternatives during early planning of road infrastructure. However, infrastructure should not be neglected, especially in the case of similar lengths of road alternatives, for roads with low volumes of traffic or when they include bridges or tunnels.

This thesis contributed in terms of foreground and background data collection for further LCA studies of road infrastructure. Preliminary Bill of Quantities (BOQ) was identified and used as a source for site-specific data collection. A new approach was developed and tested for using geological data in a GIS environment as a data source on earthworks for LCA. Moreover, this thesis demonstrated three possible ways for integrating LCA in early stages of road infrastructure planning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. p. 44
Series
TRITA-INFRA-FMS-PHD
Series
TRITA‐INFRA‐FMS‐PHD ; 2016:1
Keywords
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy use, life cycle assessment (LCA), road infrastructure planning
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-184163 (URN)978-91-7595-912-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-04-22, Sal D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
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QC 20160329

Available from: 2016-03-29 Created: 2016-03-29 Last updated: 2017-05-23Bibliographically approved
O'Born, R., Brattebo, H., Iversen, O. M., Miliutenko, S. & Potting, J. (2016). Quantifying energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions of road infrastructure projects: An LCA case study of the Oslo fjord crossing in Norway. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 16(3), 445-466
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2016 (English)In: European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, ISSN 1567-7133, E-ISSN 1567-7141, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 445-466Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The road sector consumes large amounts of materials and energy and produces large quantities of greenhouse gas emissions, which can be reduced with correct information in the early planning stages of road project. An important aspect in the early planning stages is the choice between alternative road corridors that will determine the route distance and the subsequent need for different road infrastructure elements, such as bridges and tunnels. Together, these factors may heavily influence the life cycle environmental impacts of the road project. This paper presents a case study for two prospective road corridor alternatives for the Oslo fjord crossing in Norway and utilizes in a streamlined model based on life cycle assessment principles to quantify cumulative energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions for each route. This technique can be used to determine potential environmental impacts of road projects by overcoming several challenges in the early planning stages, such as the limited availability of detailed life cycle inventory data on the consumption of material and energy inputs, large uncertainty in the design and demand for road infrastructure elements, as well as in future traffic and future vehicle technologies. The results show the importance of assessing different life cycle activities, input materials, fuels and the critical components of such a system. For the Oslo fjord case, traffic during operation contributes about 94 % and 89 % of the annual CED and about 98 % and 92 % of the annual GHG emissions, for a tunnel and a bridge fjord crossing alternative respectively.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EDITORIAL BOARD EJTIR, 2016
Keywords
cumulative energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions, life cycle assessment (LCA), road infrastructure, road planning
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-242648 (URN)000384746600002 ()2-s2.0-84970028602 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20190225

Available from: 2019-02-25 Created: 2019-02-25 Last updated: 2019-02-25Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C., Miliutenko, S., Björklund, A., Mörtberg, U., Olofsson, B. & Toller, S. (2015). Towards a better planning process: Can geological data be useful?. In: : . Paper presented at KTH Energy Dialogue, 26 November 2015, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
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2015 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187761 (URN)
Conference
KTH Energy Dialogue, 26 November 2015, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Note

QCR 20160530

Available from: 2016-05-29 Created: 2016-05-29 Last updated: 2016-05-30Bibliographically approved
Miliutenko, S., Kluts, I., Lundberg, K., Toller, S., Brattebø, H., Birgisdóttir, H. & Potting, J. (2014). CONSIDERATION OF LIFE CYCLE ENERGY USE AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING PROCESSES: EXAMPLES OF SWEDEN, NORWAY, DENMARK AND THE NETHERLANDS. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 16(4)
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, ISSN 1464-3332, E-ISSN 1757-5605, Vol. 16, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with life cycle stages of roadinfrastructure are currently rarely assessed during road infrastructure planning. This studyexamines the road infrastructure planning process, with emphasis on its use of EnvironmentalAssessments (EA), and identifies when and how Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) canbe integrated in the early planning stages for supporting decisions such as choice of roadcorridor. Road infrastructure planning processes are compared for four European countries(Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands).The results show that only Norway has a formalised way of using LCA during choiceof road corridor. Only the Netherlands has a requirement for using LCA in the laterprocurement stage. It is concluded that during the early stages of planning, LCA could beintegrated as part of an EA, as a separate process or as part of a Cost-Benefit Analysis.

National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-161191 (URN)10.1142/S1464333214500380 (DOI)
Note

QC 20150410

Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Miliutenko, S., Liljenström, C., Brattebø, H., Birgisdóttir, H., Toller, S., Lundberg, K. & Potting, J. (2014). Life cycle impacts during early stages of road infrastructure planning: a case study in Sweden. In: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings: . Paper presented at Transport Research Arena (TRA) 5th Conference; Paris, France, 2014-4-14 to 2014-4-17.
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2014 (English)In: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Road infrastructure has effects on the environment throughout all of its life cycle phases: construction,maintenance, operation and end-of-life. It has been observed, however, that these life cycle impacts are notusually considered during early stages of road infrastructure planning (i.e. decisions on road corridor).The recently developed LICCER tool enables assessment of road corridor alternatives during early stages of roadinfrastructure planning. It includes input data for roads, bridges and tunnels. It also considers future emissionsfrom traffic. The life cycle impact categories covered are energy use and contribution to climate change.The developed tool is being tested in a case study. Construction of a specific road in Sweden was used todemonstrate how the model is able to show differences between road corridor alternatives. Sensitivity analysiswas applied to show the robustness of its results.

Abstract [fr]

L'infrastructure routière a des impacts environnementaux dans toutes les différentes étapes d'analyse du cycle devie : la construction, l'entretien, l'utilisation et la fin de vie. Il a été constaté, cependant, que ces impacts du cyclede vie ne sont généralement pas considérés dans les premiers stades de la planification de l'infrastructure routière(en décident sur le corridor de la route).L’outil LICCER récemment développé permet d'évaluer des alternatives de corridors routiers au cours despremières étapes de la planification de l'infrastructure routière. Il comprend des données d'entrée pour les routes,les ponts et les tunnels. Il considère également les émissions futures de trafic. Les impacts environnementauxconsidérés sont la consommation d'énergie et contribution au changement climatique. L'outil est testé dans uneétude de cas. Construction d'une route spécifique en Suède a été utilisée pour démontrer comment le modèle estcapable de montrer les différences entre les alternatives de corridors routiers. Une analyse de sensibilité a étéeffectué de montrer la robustesse de résultats.

National Category
Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145071 (URN)
Conference
Transport Research Arena (TRA) 5th Conference; Paris, France, 2014-4-14 to 2014-4-17
Note

QC 20150331

Available from: 2014-05-08 Created: 2014-05-08 Last updated: 2015-03-31Bibliographically approved
Toller, S., Carlsson, A., Wadeskog, A., Miliutenko, S. & Finnveden, G. (2013). Indicators for environmental monitoring of the Swedish building and real estate management sector. Building Research & Information, 41(2), 146-155
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2013 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 146-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to assess the environmental impact of the Swedish building and property (real estate) management sector, a new top-down life cycle assessment (LCA) method was used which was based on inputoutput analysis using national statistical data. Six indicators were developed as suitable for environmental monitoring of the sector: energy use; emissions of greenhouse gases; emissions of nitrogen oxides; emissions of particulates; use of hazardous chemical products; and generation of waste. These indicators were then used to describe the environmental performance of the sector over a 15-year period in order to monitor change and improvement. The use of energy and emissions to air can be effectively followed in time-series. These indicators could be used to create incentives to evaluate regularly improvement work and to inform policy and practice. For greenhouse gas emissions, a trend was identified for space heating to become less important than construction and management towards the end of the period studied, most likely due to a transition from fossil fuels to renewable fuels for heat production. Key implications will be on the selection of building materials, the construction process and the extension of building longevity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
Keywords
building and real estate management, climate change, environmental indicators, environmental monitoring
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-107464 (URN)10.1080/09613218.2012.749747 (DOI)000316067600002 ()2-s2.0-84875722283 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Vinnova, 2009-01148
Note

QC 20130411

Available from: 2012-12-11 Created: 2012-12-11 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Potting, J., Miliutenko, S. & Liljenström, C. (2013). LICCER Model Case Study Report: Application of the LICCER-model to a Norwegian road section crossing the Oslo fjord Report Nr 5.2.
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2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. vii, 25
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165551 (URN)
Note

QC 20150506

Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2015-05-06Bibliographically approved
Potting, J., Miliutenko, S. & Liljenström, C. (2013). LICCER Model Case Study Report: Application of the LICCER-model to a Swedish road section between Yxtatorpet and Malmköping. Report Nr 5.1.
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2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. vii, 22
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165550 (URN)
Note

QC 20150506

Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2015-05-06Bibliographically approved
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