Using GaBi 3 to perform life cycle assessment and life cycle engineering

  • Sabrina Spatari
  • Michael Betz
  • Harald Florin
  • Martin Baitz
  • Michael Faltenbacher
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DOI: 10.1007/BF02977842

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Spatari, S., Betz, M., Florin, H. et al. Int. J. LCA (2001) 6: 81. doi:10.1007/BF02977842
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Abstract

The growing availability of software tools has increased the speed of generating LCA studies. Databases and visual tools for constructing material balance modules greatly facilitate the process of analyzing the environmental aspects of product systems over their life cycle. A robust software tool, containing a large LCI dataset and functions for performing LCIA and sensitivity analysis will allow companies and LCA practitioners to conduct systems analyses efficiently and reliably. This paper discusses how the GaBi 3 software tool can be used to perform LCA and Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), a methodology that combines life cycle economic, environmental, and technology assessment. The paper highlights important attributes of LCA software tools, including high quality, well-documented data, transparency in modeling, and data analysis functionality. An example of a regional power grid mix model is used to illustrate the versatility of GaBi 3.

Keywords

Analytical tools decision analysis GaBi 3 InLCA LCA methodology LCA LCE Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Life Cycle Engineering sensitivity analysis software tools system models systems analysis 

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© Ecomed Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabrina Spatari
    • 1
  • Michael Betz
    • 2
  • Harald Florin
    • 2
  • Martin Baitz
    • 3
  • Michael Faltenbacher
    • 3
  1. 1.PE-AmericasWest ChesterUSA
  2. 2.PE Product Engineering GmbHDettingen/TeckGermany
  3. 3.IKP University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  4. 4.The Center for Industrial EcologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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