The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 237–240

Application typologies for life cycle assessment

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LCA Methodology

DOI: 10.1007/BF02977574

Cite this article as:
Weidema, B. Int. J. LCA (1998) 3: 237. doi:10.1007/BF02977574

Abstract

Different lists of application areas for life cycle assessment are reviewed together with some suggestions for a typology of these application areas. It is concluded that the scope of a life cycle assessment is determined by the area of validity of the decision with respect to time, space, and interest groups affected. On this basis, six application areas are distinguished. It is further concluded that the application area has limited influence on the inventory analysis and impact assessment phases, although these may be influenced significantly by the decision-maker and the complexity of the trade-offs between the involved environmental impacts. The reporting format for a life cycle assessment depends on the socio-economic importance of the decision, the intended audience, and the time available for decision making.

Keywords

Application areasLCAapplication typologiesLCAdecision makingLCALife Cycle AssessmentLCAmethodological requirements

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