Environmental Life Cycle Analysis

David F Ciambrone 
CRC Press  1997  

160pp  ISBN 9781566702140      £85.00
  • Walks you through each stage of environmental life cycle analysis, providing a complete understanding of the process
  • Presents the necessary background, simple and effective tools, instruction, and examples to conduct environmental life cycle analysis on products and processes in a cost-effective manner
  • Shows how to reduce manufacturing process waste
  • Discusses how to produce better and less polluting products that will save money and have a marketing edge over the competition
  • Offers alternatives to the analysis process, providing flexibility
The trend in industry and with the EPA is to prevent wastes before they are created instead of treating or disposing of them later. This book assists design/systems engineers and managers in designing or changing a product or set of processes in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment during its life cycle. It explains the overall concept of environmental life cycle analysis and breaks down each of the stages, providing a clear picture of the issues involved. Chapters 1 and 2 provide an introduction and overview of the environmental life cycle analysis process. Chapter 3 establishes the basis and methodologies required for analysis through description of the basic framework, definition of boundaries, use of checklists, data gathering processes, construction of models, and interpretation of results. Templates and special cases that may be encountered and how to handle them are addressed in Chapter 4. Chapters 5 through 9 go into detail about modeling, issues, and data collection for each stage of the product life cycle. The final chapter provides a summary of the various steps and offers ideas on how to present data and reports.


  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Brief History
  • Assessment Methodology Overview
  • Examples of Applications
  • Life Cycle Framework
  • Scope
  • Defining Boundaries
  • Checklists and Their Application and Use
  • Data Gathering
  • Construction of a Conceptual Model
  • Turning Data into Useful Information
  • Interpretation of Results
  • Reporting the Results
  • General Issues
  • Templates
  • Data Issues
  • Special Considerations
  • Specific Life Cycle Stages
  • Raw Materials and Energy Inventory
  • Data Gathering
  • Manufacturing, Formulation, and Processing
  • Manufacturing Outputs
  • Data Gathering
  • Assumptions
  • Distribution and Transportation
  • Use-Reuse-Maintenance
  • Primary Data Collection
  • Secondary Data Sources
  • Assumptions
  • Recycle-Waste Management
  • Donation/Sale and Recycle
  • Waste Management
  • Liquid Wastes
  • Solid Wastes
  • Airborne Waste
  • Summary
  • Degradation of Ecological Systems
  • Resource Depletion
  • Human Health and Welfare Issues
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Appendices
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