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Handbook on Life Cycle Assessment

Operational Guide to the ISO Standards

  • Hans de Bruijn
  • Robbert van Duin
  • Mark A. J. Huijbregts
  • Jeroen B. Guinee
  • Marieke Gorree
  • Reinout Heijungs
  • Gjalt Huppes
  • Renée Kleijn
  • Arjan de Koning
  • Lauran van Oers
  • Anneke Wegener Sleeswijk
  • Sangwon Suh
  • Helias A. Udo de Haes

Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. LCA in Perspective

  3. Guide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-20
    2. Pages 41-62
    3. Pages 63-95
    4. Pages 97-108
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 109-120
  4. Operational Annex

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-127
    2. Pages 133-159
    3. Pages 161-388
    4. Pages 389-390
    5. Pages 391-393
  5. Scientific Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-401
    2. Pages 403-454
    3. Pages 477-524
    4. Pages 525-634
    5. Pages 635-644
    6. Pages 645-658
    7. Back Matter
      Pages 659-692

About this book

Introduction

Environmental policy aims at the transition to sustainable production and consumption. This is taking place in different ways and at different levels. In cases where businesses are continuously active to improve the environmental performance of their products and activities, the availability of knowledge on environmental impacts is indispensable. The integrated assessment of all environmental impacts from cradle to grave is the basis for many decisions relating to achieving improved products and services. The assessment tool most widely used for this is the environmental Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA. Before you is the new Handbook of LCA replacing the previous edition of 1992. New developments in LCA methodology from all over the world have been discussed and, where possible, included in this new Handbook. Integration of all developments into a new, consistent method has been the main aim for the new Handbook. The thinking on environment and sustainability is, however, quickly evolving so that it is already clear now that this new LCA Handbook does not embrace the very latest developments. Therefore, further revisions will have to take place in the future. A major advantage of this Handbook is that it now also advises which procedures should be followed to achieve adequate, relevant and accepted results. Furthermore, the distinction between detailed and simplified LCA makes this Handbook more broadly applicable, while guidance is provided as to which additional information can be relevant for specialised applications.

Keywords

chemistry development ecology environment environmental science environmental sciences industry life-cycle assessment (LCA) organization

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans de Bruijn
    • 1
  • Robbert van Duin
    • 2
  • Mark A. J. Huijbregts
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyThe Netherland
  2. 2.Fuels and Raw Materials BureauThe Netherland
  3. 3.Interfaculty Department of Environmental ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherland
  4. 4.Department of Environmental Studiesthe University of NijmegenNijmegen

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeroen B. Guinee
    • 1
  • Marieke Gorree
    • 1
  • Reinout Heijungs
    • 1
  • Gjalt Huppes
    • 1
  • Renée Kleijn
    • 1
  • Arjan de Koning
    • 1
  • Lauran van Oers
    • 1
  • Anneke Wegener Sleeswijk
    • 1
  • Sangwon Suh
    • 1
  • Helias A. Udo de Haes
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Environmental ScienceLeiden UniversityGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/0-306-48055-7
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0228-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48055-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6970
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