Michael Z. Hauschild, Ralph K. Rosenbaum, and Stig Irvin Olsen (eds): Life Cycle Assessment—Theory and Practice

Springer, 2018
  • Mary Ann Curran
Book Review


“Life Cycle Assessment – Theory and Practice” offers an in-depth look into a field of practice in which a whole system, life cycle approach is used to perform a quantitative assessment and modeling of potential environmental impacts of products and processes. Accurately described by the authors, LCA has a number of defining characteristics that enables it to address questions that no other assessment tool can address. At a hefty 1200 pages, the authors present a very detailed, broad coverage of the subject. Not only is LCA methodology explored, the ramifications of using a life cycle perspective in achieving sustainability goals are also discussed. If you are looking for a quick overview on life cycle assessment (LCA), this book is not for you. But if you want a logical presentation of LCA methodology and the underlying theory, this book likely contains material that will address your interests and questions.

A key message across the book’s 40 chapters emphasizes the use of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BAMAC, Ltd.Rock HillUSA

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