//WORKING GROUP 5

Food Chain Transparency
About This Group

WG5 sets out to develop a smartphone app that tells the backstory of food products using existing and developed LCA data and improving various sustainability assessment criteria. Ecological, so-cial, and health impacts are the three target factors around which a suite of data sets will be orga-nized for various food categories. Close cooperation with key stakeholders in the food industry will be needed to maximize the impacts of this work and steps are being taken to ensure this is possi-ble.

Main Members
Atsushi Inaba
Professor, Kogakuin University
GROUP CHAIR
Atsushi Inaba joined AIST in 1981. He had led the activities related to LCA in Japan as the director of Research Center of LCA, AIST since 2001. He was a professor of the University of Tokyo since 2005 to 2008, and then he moved to Faculty Engineering, Kogakuin University in 2009. He was one of co-chairs of ISO/TC207/SC5-WG6 (Re-edition of ISO-14040 series) in 2005-2007, and he was a chairperson of the pilot project of Carbon Footprint of Products in Japan in 2007-2012. He has attended the activity of the 5th assessment report of IPCC-WG3 as a lead author of Chapter 12 (Human Settlement) in 2012-2015.
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Publications and outputs
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Research Paper on Food App in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture

A journal article on food apps as WG5 research outputs was published in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Vol.81, No.3 (Oct 2017). “Information Harvesters and Virtual Farmers: How Smartphone Food Apps are Enabling Consumers to Co-create more Sustainable Food Systems” Steven R. McGreevy and Christoph D.D. Rupprecht (RIHN-FEAST) p.288-p.291...

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Paper on Impacts of Information Disclosure for CO2 Emission Reduction in the Journal of Cleaner Production

A research paper “Potential impacts of information disclosure designed to motivate Japanese consumers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on choice of shopping method for daily foods and drinks” co-authored by Prof. Atsushi Inaba, WG5 Chair/Kogakuin University, is published in the Journal of Cleaner Production (Vol.101, p.205-214 (2015)). Abstract: Information disclosure associated with carbon ...

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Paper on Environmental Awareness published in International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

A research paper “Development of weighting factors for G20 countries—explore the difference in environmental awareness between developed and emerging countries” co-authored by Prof. Atsushi Inaba, WG5 Chair/Kogakuin University, was published in International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Vol.23(12). pp 2311-2326 (2015). Abstract: Purpose: Weighting is one of the steps involved in LCIA. T...

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Paper on the Estimation Method for the CO2 Emission of Cooking in Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

A research paper “the Estimation Method for the CO2 Emission of Cooking on Journal of Life Cycle Assessment in the Household” co-authored by Prof. Atsushi Inba, WG5 Chair, was published in the Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Abstract : The visualization of CO2 emission in the lifestyle including food is thought recently to be essential for the sustainable society. In this paper, the estimati...

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Edited Volume on Life-Cycle Impact Assessment

“Life-cycle impact assessment method based on endpoint modeling (Lime2 : 意思決定を支援する環境影響評価手法)” co-edited by Prof. Atsushi Inaba, WG5 Chair/Kogakuin University, was published. Editors: Norihiro Itsubo, Atsushi Inaba Publishers: Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, Maruzen Publishing ISBN: 9784862400550...