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6th SETAC-Europe Meeting: LCA — Selected Papers

  • Henrikke Baumann 
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Abstract

A study of industry’s use of LCA has been performed as a special analysis of the Business Environmental Barometer (B.E.B.). The B.E.B. is an international questionnaire survey on industry’s environmental management practices (LCA included), repeated every two years. The first round in 1993 included the Nordic countries. The 1997 round will include eight European countries. This analysis intends to describe industry’s LCA use as such (e.g. active industrial sectors, applications, changes over time) and differences between companies working with LCA and those not working with LCA. The survey indicates that industry is in the process of internalising LCA knowledge, although most companies are still in the learning phase. LCA companies have more developed environmental management systems than non-LCA companies. A company’s LCA use seems to be a competitor-driven activity, judging from LCA distribution among industrial sectors.

Keywords

Life cycle assessment (LCA) Business Environmental Barometer statistical survey environmental management 

Abbreviations

LCA

life cycle assessment

LCI

life cycle inventory analysis

BEB

the Business Environmental Barometer

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henrikke Baumann 
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  1. 1.Technical Environmental PlanningChalmers University of TechnologySweden

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