Environmental Life Cycle Analysis / Edition 1

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Overview

The trend in industry and with the EPA is to prevent wastes before they are created instead of treating or disposing of them later. This book assists design/systems engineers and managers in designing or changing a product or set of processes in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment during its life cycle. It explains the overall concept of environmental life cycle analysis and breaks down each of the stages, providing a clear picture of the issues involved.
Chapters 1 and 2 provide an introduction and overview of the environmental life cycle analysis process. Chapter 3 establishes the basis and methodologies required for analysis through description of the basic framework, definition of boundaries, use of checklists, data gathering processes, construction of models, and interpretation of results. Templates and special cases that may be encountered and how to handle them are addressed in Chapter 4. Chapters 5 through 9 go into detail about modeling, issues, and data collection for each stage of the product life cycle. The final chapter provides a summary of the various steps and offers ideas on how to present data and reports.

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Aids design and systems engineers and business managers in changing a product or a set of processes in order to minimize a product's negative impact on the environment during the course of its life cycle. Explains the overall concepts behind preventing wastes before they are created, and breaks the life cycle down into stages that can be analyzed one by one. The approach reflects a current trend in industry and regulatory agencies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566702140
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/11/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Overview
Brief History
Assessment Methodology Overview
Examples of Applications
Life Cycle Framework
Scope
Defining Boundaries
Checklists and Their Application and Use
Data Gathering
Construction of a Conceptual Model
Turning Data into Useful Information
Interpretation of Results
Reporting the Results
General Issues
Templates
Data Issues
Special Considerations
Specific Life Cycle Stages
SPECIFIC LIFE CYCLE STAGES
Raw Materials and Energy Inventory
Data Gathering
Manufacturing, Formulation, and Processing
Manufacturing Outputs
Data Gathering
Assumptions
Distribution and Transportation
Use-Reuse-Maintenance
Primary Data Collection
Secondary Data Sources
Assumptions
Recycle-Waste Management
Donation/Sale and Recycle
Waste Management
Liquid Wastes
Solid Wastes
Airborne Waste
Summary
Degradation of Ecological Systems
Resource Depletion
Human Health and Welfare Issues
References
Glossary
Appendices

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