iso 14040 Articles

  • The ISO 14000 Family of Standards - Frequently Asked Questions

    What is ISO 14000? Developed by ISO Technical Committee 207, which has as its scope of work “standardization in the field of environmental management tools and systems”, ISO 14000 is a series of international, voluntary environmental management standards, guides and technical reports. There are presently 14 standards, 2 technical reports (TRs) and a guide published in the 14000 series, with 3 ...


  • Life cycle engineering: methods, databases and results

    The aim of this paper is to give an overview of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) technique and of existing methods and databases. LCA is a technique to assess the potential environmental impact associated with a product or a service throughout its life cycle from raw material acquisition through production, use and disposal. The International ISO Standards provide principles, framework and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Evaluating new processes and concepts for energy and resource recovery from municipal wastewater with life cycle assessment

    Energy and resource recovery from municipal wastewater is a pre-requisite for an efficient and sustainable water management in cities of the future. However, a sound evaluation of available processes and pathways is required to identify opportunities and short-comings of the different options and reveal synergies and potentials for optimization. For evaluating environmental impacts in a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • An Eco-balance of a Recycling Plant for Spent Lead–Acid Batteries

    This study applies Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology to present an eco-balance of a recycling plant that treats spent lead–acid batteries. The recycling plant uses pyrometallurgical treatment to obtain lead from spent batteries. The application of LCA methodology (ISO 14040 series) enabled us to assess the potential environmental impacts arising from the recycling plants operations. Thus, ...


    By Springer

  • Increasing Credibility of LCA

    It is important for the future of LCA, as one of the important techniques in environmental management, that LCA results become generally regarded as relevant, reliable, and uncontroversial. To this end, LCAs must:     * be understood and perceived as a reasonable basis for decisions by the intended audience,    * be implemented into decision making and industrial ...


    By 2.-0 LCA consultants

  • Life cycle assessment of a 150 MW offshore wind turbine farm at Nysted/Roedsand, Denmark

    The purpose of this life cycle assessment (LCA) was to illuminate and describe the potential environmental impacts caused by an offshore wind turbine farm (WTF) throughout its lifetime and use this knowledge in the planning and improvement of future WTFs. The LCA was based on experience from the LCA on Danish electricity and district heating [1] as well as the offshore WTF project at ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Systems Approach

    Untitled Document Engineers have an important role to fulfil as the focus of climate change discussions shifts from policy to implementation. We need to promote rigorous, proven ...

  • Environmental evaluation of systems for the recovery of biogenic wastes

    The recovery of waste materials is promoted by the German Waste Act 'Kreislaufwirtschafts- und Abfallgesetz'. It requires that among the recovery routes available for a specific waste category the priority has to be on those which are more environmentally compatible. As a restriction given by the law, only those recovery routes which are technically feasible and economically reasonable must be ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • New Rules for PEP ecopassport® Product Environmental Profiles

    The PEP ecopassport® Association Steering Committee approved the 3rd edition of its Product Category Rules (PCR) on April 2, 2015. This new edition updates existing guidance, improves clarity, ensures consistency in the Product Environmental Profiles (PEPs) being delivered, and harmonizes with updated market requirements. Environmental assessments, increasingly ...


    By SGS

  • It`s not just YOUR GHG emissions anymore!

    As has been discussed in previous Environmental News for You, climate change, sustainability, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are topics that differ in many ways from traditional environmental or air programs that we deal with, such as: Less concern about point source emissions; No concern about exact locations of ground-level impacts and health effects; Reduction in fuel use ...


  • Should your company be conducting life cycle analyses?

    Many companies have already answered yes to that question – for a combination of reasons typically related to stakeholder interest, key customer demands, public perception, and competitive positioning.  In fact, life cycle analysis (LCA) has increasingly become an important tool in mature corporate sustainability programs, providing organizations with a consistent methodology for ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Sustainable Consumption: EU to Propose Methods for Environmental Footprint Analysis

    The European Commission has developed two life cycle based methods for the analysis of environmental impacts for products (Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)) and organizations (Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF)) to harmonize environmental assessments and their related claims. The methods are currently being tested during a three-year pilot phase, with the 1st wave of pilots for ...


    By SGS

  • Environmental impact of recycling metals from ships: a life cycle assessment

    New research has examined three different categories of Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA), each with different goals. The researchers find that overlaps between the three assessments could be combined to create a more comprehensive form of ERA, usable by regulators and environmental decision makers. Life cycle assessment (LCA) can measure the environmental impact of the different stages of a ...

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