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Application of Life Cycle Inventory Analysis to Energy Production in Brazil

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Energy production sometimes may contribute a great deal to the environmental impact of certain products. An adequate interpretation of this activity in a life cycle assessment - LCA is usually crucial. The goal of this paper is to present the modeling of electric energy production in Brazil that has been used to conduct a LCA study of thirteen packaging systems representative of Brazilian market. Taking into account the impact categories adopted in this study it has been shown that electric energy production is a very clean process due to the characteristics of the electric energy production in Brazil – 96.6% hydraulic and 3.4% thermal process.

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