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Practical LCA for short shelf life products
Author(s): Lise Laurin; Mark Goedkoop; Greg Norris
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Paper Abstract

Manufacturers in many of today's industries are faced with product shelf life counted in months. Traditionally, this has made it very difficult to make a life cycle assessment (LCA) of a product, since the product would be obsolete by the time the LCA was completed. A new concept in LCA that allows specialists in things other than LCA to rapidly create both a model and generate "what-if" scenarios will allow even manufacturers of short shelf life products take advantage of the benefits of LCA. These industry-specific "wizards" are built around a manufacturing process and can be rapidly updated or customized to a particular manufacturer or process type. Results can be used internally for decision-making and can also enable manufacturers submit information for environmentally preferable purchasing, eco-labels, etc.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5997, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing V, 59970G (7 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.628155
Show Author Affiliations
Lise Laurin, EarthShift (United States)
Mark Goedkoop, PRé Consultants bv (Netherlands)
Greg Norris, Sylvatica (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5997:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing V
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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