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Sustainability Assessment of Blue Biotechnology Processes: Addressing Environmental, Social and Economic Dimensions

Abstract : The biotechnological development has traditionally focused on the compliance with regulatory demands rather than optimising the processes or analysing their sustainability. This work proposes the combination of available tools for the comprehensive sustainability assessment of a blue biotechnology process based on the cultivation of the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. The work aims to include environmental, economic and social dimensions to measure the sustainability of the production of a carotenoid with potential applications in food, nutraceutical, cosmetics and eventually pharmaceutical industries. Electricity for cultivation was identified as the major contributor to the environmental impacts, which depended significantly on the production scale. Social benefits were mainly related to workers and consumers, while the economic assessment suggested a profitable process with a relatively short period to recover the initial investment.
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Paula Perez-Lopez, Gumersindo Feijoo, Maria Moreira. Sustainability Assessment of Blue Biotechnology Processes: Addressing Environmental, Social and Economic Dimensions. Enrico Benetto, Kilian Gericke, Mélanie Guito. Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies, Springer, pp.475-486, 2018, 978-3-319-66980-9. ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6_53⟩. ⟨hal-01830670⟩

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