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Handbook of Recycling by Markus Reuter, Ernst Worrell

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Appendix 3

Life-Cycle Assessment

Johannes Gediga,     PE International AG, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany

A3.1. Life-Cycle Assessment

Life-cycle assessment (LCA) addresses the environmental aspects and potential environmental impacts (e.g. resource use and environmental consequences of emission and waste releases) throughout a product's life cycle from raw material extraction through production, use, end-of-life treatment and disposal (i.e. cradle to grave).
LCA can assist in identifying opportunities to improve the environmental performance of products at various points in their life cycle. The results of LCA's can inform decision-makers in industry for, e.g. strategic planning, product or process design or redesign. Communication to different ...

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