Web Templates 2.0.

Research area

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Total Cost Accounting (TCA)
  • Environmental and economic systems analysis
  • Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)

Group members

  • Junghan Bae (Group Lead)
  • Jaeyon Kim (Training Program Coordination)
  • Junbeum Kim (Material flow)
  • Yi Yang (China Environmental Input Output)
  • Scott Yee (Biofuel and alternative energy)

Current Projects

Update of BEES using Input-Output LCA
NIST is updating its LCA database, called BEES. We are providing a compatibility analysis between IO databases and the BEES database. Sponsored by NIST.

Environmental and Economic Assessment of Ethanol Production Systems
Dr. Tim Smith and we are providing an environmental and economic systems analysis for ethanol production systems using cellulosic biomass. Sponsored by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Economic & Environmental Impacts of Biofuels in Minnesota
We are developing a comprehensive model that connects market behavior, farm-side soil characteristics, conversion technology and LCA for economic and environmental characterization of Minnesota's biofuel. Sponsored by CFANS.

Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan
Teamed with the Institute on the Environment (IonE) fellows, CP Planning, and Bonesteroo, we are identifying the future drivers that will influence Minnesota's key natural resources using scenarios and CBA. Sponsored by Legislative Citizens' Commission for Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Comparative Assessment of Environmental Implications for Minnesota Low Carbon Fuel Standard
In collaboration with Sustainable Enterprise Lab funded by Minnesota State Government, the research designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the possible environmental impacts associated with the implementation of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard within the state of Minnesota.

Lowering the Cost of Bio-energy Feedstocks while Providing Environmental Services – A Win-Win Opportunity
Our lab collaborates with Koda Energy, the Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy (IATP), and the Minnesota DNR for the project funded by Excel Energy. LCA study aims to determine the environmental benefits of energy production with the major dedicated energy crops as a feedstock in power plants. The analysis employs the life cycle assessment to incorporate a systematic approach, in which the environmental impacts associated with the relevant processing stages of power generation from field (cradle) to energy production at power plants (gate) are taken into account.

Past Projects

Strategy for Introduction of Life Cycle Management to South Korea
Life Cycle Management practices in Europe and the US are reviewed and a strategy for introducing Life Cycle Management for South Korean firms are developed.