life cycle assessment Articles

  • Life cycle assessment

    The white paper describes the concept of Life Cycle Assessment and what LCA can do for you. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the systematic analysis of the environmental impact of products during their entire life cycle. The life cycle of a product comprises of production, use and disposal phases. Environmental impacts are evaluated throughout, also including the upstream and ...


    By Sphera

  • Estimating the Value of Life Cycle Assessments

    Untitled Document Abstract What is a life cycle assessment worth? How much should one spend on an LCA, and what are the expected returns from ...


    By 2.-0 LCA consultants

  • Life cycle assessment - An executive overview

    An Executive Overview of Applications, Market Drivers and Business Benefits Rising demands from customers and regulators for improved environmental performance and increased transparency are driving a surge in interest Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a tool for improvement and innovation while avoiding burden shifting and unintended consequences. Read this executive overview ...


    By Sphera

  • Hewlett-Packard - Case Study

    Saving through GaBi Envision Software & scalable Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Tools thinkstep worked with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to develop an innovative platform approach for completing complex life cycle assessments for printing and imaging systems. thinkstep created a parameterized and fully configurable template for printer and imaging equipment using GaBi Envision software. This ...


    By Sphera

  • Life Cycle Assessment, Databases and Sustainable Building

    Untitled Document We are experiencing a fundamental change that affects how products are developed and, more importantly, how they are ...

  • Global guidance principles for life cycle assessment databases

    A basis for greener processes and products - ‘Shonan Guidance Principles’ The document provides guidance principles for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases; this includes how to collect raw data, how to develop datasets and how to manage databases. The publication also addresses questions concerning data documentation and review, coordination among databases, ...


    By Sphera

  • Life cycle assessment of film and digital imaging product system scenarios

    With the advent of digital imaging technology, the options available in consumer imaging have increased. However, the relative environmental impacts of these different options are not clear cut. Assessment of the impacts of these options can help to provide feedback to decision makers and give insight that will help reduce environmental impact through product system design. In this paper, we ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life cycle assessment in the framework of sustainable tourism: a preliminary examination of its effectiveness and challenges

    The environmental sustainability of tourism has been increasingly appearing in Local Agenda 21 and in the development policies of many countries. Although several studies have focused on sustainable tourism, only a few of them are based on life cycle assessment (LCA), the main methodology to assess environmental issues from a life cycle perspective. In order to gain a better understanding of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Book Review: Improvement of the Life Cycle Assessment Methodology for Dwellings by Arjen Meijer

    Improvement of the Life Cycle Assessment Methodology for Dwellings, by Arjen Meijer. Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2006. ISBN: 9781586036904Keywords: book ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cleaner production and life cycle design of upholstered furniture

    This article presents some results of the environmental and organisational aspects that were obtained from a preliminary analysis of the process of manufacturing upholstered furniture at the furniture cluster in the State of Alagoas, Brazil. The method is based on the concepts of pollution prevention and cleaner production that are associated to the concept of product life cycle design. Data were ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exergy–based model for quantifying land resource in China: a case study of sintered brick

    Land use and resource depletion are two main considerations in life cycle assessment (LCA). Unfortunately, the relationship between land use and resource depletion is always ignored and only a few studies tried to connect them. The objective of this paper is to establish an exergy–based model for quantifying land resource in China, which includes both the occupation phase and the renaturalisation ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Make Your LCA Airtight - 7 Tips for Responsible Life Cycle Assessment Practice

    An organization I worked for was sued for the publication of partial information from a report we conducted, because the commissioner of the study only communicated isolated facts. It might have been the first Life Cycle Assessment study held up to the spotlight through litigation. The case went all the way to the German supreme court, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. The ...


    By Sphera

  • Interface - Case Study

    Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to guide their sustainability journey. Interface obtains Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for all its carpet product. Interface, the worldwide leader in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, uses GaBi life cycle assessment software to understand its products’ environmental ...


    By Sphera

  • VerdEE: a tool for adoption of life cycle assessment in small and medium sized enterprises in Italy

    The Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA) carried out a project focused on identifying the main difficulties and problems of the introduction of the life cycle concept in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and also on overcoming these difficulties. A new tool, VerdEE, was developed to evaluate the environmental profile of a product based on a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Opening up New Markets and Achieving Corporate Objectives with LCA - Case Study

    »Everyone talks about end-to-end integration of sustainability. But this can be achieved only if sustainability is also embedded in the product. Life cycle assessment with GaBi software is our way of measuring this. - Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director EMEA I InterfaceFLOR. Please, click here to download the case ...


    By Sphera

  • Supporting development of modular products utilising simplified LCA and fuzzy logic

    The application of life cycle assessment (LCA) is usually aimed at products where most parameters relating to architecture, processes and materials are defined and known. However, application of conventional LCA for products or services that are incomplete in their specification is quite difficult or even impossible, if too many significant parameters are unknown. In our previous work targeting ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Simplified environmental impact drivers for product life cycle

    The early design stage of product development often has limited information available to designers. The environmental impacts of a products life cycle are widely assessed using life cycle assessment (LCA). Nevertheless, as LCA is a costly and time-consuming method, the previous study shown the development of simplified LCA (SLCA) drivers of the entire product life cycle stages for the conceptual ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life Cycle Assessment applications in the building sector

    A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool has been developed to evaluate environmental impacts of building projects, from construction until demolition. The operation phase is essential, particularly energy processes: therefore LCA is linked to thermal simulation. Several alternatives can be studied. The results, in the form of environmental indicators (e.g., energy and water consumption, contribution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • How to measure social impacts? A socio-eco-efficiency analysis by the SEEBALANCE® method

    BASF has, in cooperation with Karlsruhe University, Jena University and the Oko-Institut e.V. (Germany), developed a socio-eco-efficiency analysis – the so-called SEEBALANCE®. The objective was the integration of quantified social indicators into the BASF eco-efficiency analysis. Many life cycle analyses do not include an assessment of social impacts and effects. However, in order to arrive at a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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