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Life-Cycle Assessment presents a brief overview of the development of the life-cycle assessment process and develops guidelines and principles for implementation of a product life-cycle inventory analysis. The book describes inventory analysis, impact analysis, and improvement analysis-the three components of a product life-cycle assessment. It discusses the major stages in a life cycle, including raw materials acquisition, materials manufacture, final product fabrication, filling/packaging/distribution, and consumer use and disposal.
Table of Contents
Foreword Abstract Summary and Index of Guiding Statements and Key Principles Introduction Overview Life-Cycle Assessment Concept Applications of an Inventory Analysis Format of this Report Procedural Framework for Life-Cycle Inventory Introduction Define the Purpose and Scope of the Inventory Define the System Boundaries Devise an Inventory Checklist Institute a Peer Review Process Gather Data Develop Stand-Alone Data Construct a Computational Model Present the Results Interpret and Communicate the Results General Issues in Performing a Life-Cycle Inventory Introduction Using Templates in Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis Data Issues Special Case Boundary Issues Issues Applicable to Specific Life-Cycle Stages Introduction Raw Materials Acquisition Stage Manufacturing Stage Use/Reuse/Maintenance Stage Recycle/Waste Management Stage References Glossary Appendices Clean Air Act (CAA) Clean Water Act (CWA) Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
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