Part 1: Introduction to LCA -- LCA in a nutshell -- Development of the LCA concept -- Part 2: LCA methology -- Goal and scope definition -- Inventory analysis -- Life cycle impact assessment -- Interpretation and presentation of results -- Critical review of LCA -- LCA data management -- Part 3: LCA applications -- LCA and development -- Green marketing and LCA -- LCA for production processes -- LCA and waste management -- Organising LCA activities in a company. "The environmental life cycle of a product consists of all the stages from raw material extraction through production and use to waste management. Life cycle assessment (LCA), then, is the assessment of the environmental impact of a product through its life cycle. The holistic perspective that LCA provides on the environmental performance of products has made it a central concept for both environmental management in industry and environmental policy-making in public government. This is a textbook on LCA for those who want to learn the practice of LCA, e.g. environmental engineers, environmental managers and ecodesigners. [...] The book is organised into three parts covering LCA methodology, LCA applications and exercises on LCA. Two introductory chapters give a general overview of the LCA concept and its historical development. After that, LCA methodology is described in detail in six chapters. Different fields of LCA application are covered in five subsequent chapters. Since the aim of the book is to teach the execution of LCA, there are also a number of exercises. Smaller exercises train different aspects of LCA methodology and prepare for the larger ones, ten complete LCA exercise projects." -- rear cover.