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eVerdEE: a web-based screening life-cycle assessment tool for European small- and medium-sized enterprises
Author(s): Luciano Naldesi; Patrizia Buttol; Paolo Masoni; Monica Misceo; Balázs Sára
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Paper Abstract

"eLCA" is a European Commission financed project aimed at realising “On line green tools and services for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)”. Knowledge and use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) by SMEs are strategic to introduce the Integrated Product Policy (IPP) in Europe, but methodology simplification is needed. LCA requires a large amount of validated general and sector specific data. Since their availability and cost can be insuperable barriers for SMEs, pre-elaborated data/meta-data, use of standards and low cost solutions are required. Within the framework of the eLCA project an LCA software - eVerdEE - based on a simplified methodology and specialised for SMEs has been developed. eVerdEE is a web-based tool with some innovative features. Its main feature is the adaptation of ISO 14040 requirements to offer easy-to-handle functions with solid scientific bases. Complex methodological problems, such as the system boundaries definition, the data quality estimation and documentation, the choice of impact categories, are simplified according to the SMEs’ needs. Predefined "Goal and Scope definition" and "Inventory" forms, a user-friendly and well structured procedure are time and cost-effective. The tool is supported by a database containing pre-elaborated environmental indicators of substances and processes for different impact categories. The impact assessment is calculated automatically by using the user’s input and the database values. The results have different levels of interpretation in order to identify the life cycle critical points and the improvement options. The use of a target plot allows the direct comparison of different design alternatives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5583, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing IV, (8 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.570170
Show Author Affiliations
Luciano Naldesi, ENEA (Italy)
Patrizia Buttol, ENEA (Italy)
Paolo Masoni, ENEA (Italy)
Monica Misceo, ENEA (Italy)
Balázs Sára, FEBE EcoLogic (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5583:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing IV
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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