An Environmental Burden Shifting Approach to Re-evaluate the Environmental Impacts of Products

  • Xi YuEmail author
  • Antoine Nongaillard
  • Aicha Sekhari
  • Abdelaziz Bouras
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 467)


Life cycle assessment (LCA) can help enterprises evaluate their product’s environmental impacts through the entire product life cycle (PLC). On the basis of the evaluation result, phases which need to take activities to reduce the environmental impacts can be found out. However, the activities taken in a phase may influence the environmental impacts in other phases, so the effect of the activities should be re-evaluated. Under the pressure from the market, enterprises need to assess the effect of these activities quickly. Nevertheless, re-evaluate by using conventional LCA is a time-consuming work. This paper proposes a novel approach to re-evaluate the environmental impacts of product based on LCA and Pareto rule which can reduce the time of assessment. A printed circuit board (PCB) case study is conducted using this approach. The outcome shows that the new approach can re-evaluate the environmental impacts more efficiently without influence the validity.


Product Life Cycle Printed Circuit Board Life Cycle Assessment Life Cycle Impact Assessment Material Flow Analysis Life cycle inventory Pareto rule 



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Project (EMA2-2010-2359) and Hubert Curien Partnership with Cai Yuanpei China program 2012-2014. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xi Yu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Antoine Nongaillard
    • 3
  • Aicha Sekhari
    • 2
  • Abdelaziz Bouras
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceChengdu UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.DISP LaboratoryUniversity Lyon 2 LumièreLyonFrance
  3. 3.Départment InformatiqueUniversité de Lille 1, IUT’AVilleneuve-d’AscqFrance
  4. 4.Computer Science DepartmentQatar UniversityDohaQatar

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