The Computational Structure of Life Cycle Assessment

  • Reinout Heijungs
  • Sangwon Suh

Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 1-10
  3. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 11-31
  4. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 33-98
  5. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 99-116
  6. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 117-129
  7. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 131-150
  8. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 151-159
  9. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 161-187
  10. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 189-194
  11. Reinout Heijungs, Sangwon Suh
    Pages 195-204
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 205-243

About this book

Introduction

Life Cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool for environmental decision-support in relation to products from the cradle to the grave. Until now, more emphasis has been put on the inclusion quantitative models and databases and on the design of guidebooks for applying LCA than on the integrative aspect of combining these models and data. This is a remarkable thing, since LCA in practice deals with thousands of quantitative data items that have to be combined in the correct manner. For this, one needs mathematical rules and algorithmic principles for carrying out an LCA.
This book presents the first coherent treatment of the mathematical and algorithmic aspects of LCA. These computational aspects are presented in matrix form, so that a concise and elegant formulation is achieved. This form, moreover, provides a platform for further extension of analysis using perturbation theory, structural theory and economic input-output analysis.

Keywords

Matrix algebra environment life-cycle assessment (LCA)

Authors and affiliations

  • Reinout Heijungs
    • 1
  • Sangwon Suh
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Environmental ScienceLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9900-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6041-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9900-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6970
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