Product Stewardship: Life Cycle Analysis and the Environment

Kathleen Sellers

May 13, 2015 by CRC Press
Reference - 230 Pages - 23 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482223293 - CAT# K22322

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Features

      • Illustrates the challenges of product stewardship with real-world case studies
      • Explains life cycle regulations from different parts of the world—US, EU, and China
      • Considers the environmental and health implications of particular chemicals on the end users/consumers and the environment
      • Guides manufacturers to implement sustainable practices using tools such as life cycle analysis to evaluate the possible future consequences of chemical use

      Summary

      Consider the Consequences of Bringing a Chemical to Market

      Product Stewardship: Life Cycle Analysis and the Environment explores the regulatory and scientific aspects of the life-cycle consequences of bringing a chemical to market. Using case studies to bring critical points to life, this multidisciplinary text explores the factors that influence our risk management decisions. It bridges the academic study of life cycle analysis and the practical concerns of those in industry who produce goods for market within the web of global product stewardship regulations and under the eye of consumers concerned with sustainability.

      This book:

      • Discusses the technical tools that a product steward can use to predict the life cycle consequences of chemical manufacture and use
      • Includes the techniques needed to characterize and predict the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment
      • Explains the formal process of life cycle assessment, which is used to evaluate the potential effects on the environment
      • Describes the regulation of both existing and new chemicals, using examples to illustrate the complexity of the factors that affect their regulation
      • Provides case studies that integrate the technical and regulatory foundations of product stewardship which allows readers to explore past risk-management decisions

      Product Stewardship: Life Cycle Analysis and the Environment describes critical product stewardship regulations and the concept of life cycle thinking in understandable and practical terms. It examines the balance between the benefits of chemical use against the possible consequences of exposure and can assist readers in learning to predict, understand, and regulate the consequences of using a chemical substance through its life cycle.