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Main Title Background and Future Prospects in Life Cycle Assessment [electronic resource] /
Author Klöpffer, Walter.
Publisher Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer,
Year Published 2014
Call Number GE300-350
ISBN 9789401786973
Subjects Environmental sciences. ; Renewable energy sources. ; Environmental management. ; Sustainable development.
Internet Access
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Collation XII, 262 p. 25 illus., 5 illus. in color. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Introducing Life Cycle Assessment and its Presentation in LCA Compendium -- The Role of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Development and Application -- The International Standards as the Constitution of Life Cycle Assessment: The ISO 14040 Series and its Offspring -- The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative -- Life Cycle Assessment as reflected by The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment -- Strengths and Limitations of Life Cycle Assessment -- Challenges in Life Cycle Assessment: An Overview of Current Gaps and Research Needs -- Index. In 1990, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) sponsored an international workshop where the term 'life cycle assessment' was coined. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has since become the recognized instrument to assess the ecological burdens and human health impacts connected with the complete life cycle (creation, use, end-of-life) of products, processes and activities, enabling the assessor to model the entire system from which products are derived or in which processes and activities operate. The LCA Compendium - The Complete World of Life Cycle Assessment Book Series is a major work responding to the timely need for an authoritative, detailed review of all aspects of LCA. This first volume, Background and Future Prospects in Life Cycle Assessment, sets the stage by first exploring the main drivers in the development of LCA. SETAC, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have established and advanced the understanding and use of the LCA framework, methodology, and data throughout the years. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment has been instrumental in promoting LCA since 1996. The roles, standards, and initiatives of the main drivers in developing the field of LCA are discussed. The volume then goes on to discuss the strengths and limitations in LCA, as well as challenges and gaps, thus offering an unbiased picture of the state-of-the-art and future of LCA. This text will be a useful resource for LCA and Life Cycle Management (LCM) scientists, practitioners and consultants; environmental managers in product manufacturing; government policymakers; scientific and industrial societies involved in LCA and LCM development; and ecological research institutions and bodies.