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Handbook on Life Cycle Assessment

Operational Guide to the ISO Standards

  • Hans de Bruijn
  • Robbert van Duin
  • Mark A. J. Huijbregts
  • Jeroen B. Guinee
  • Marieke Gorree
  • Reinout Heijungs
  • Gjalt Huppes
  • Renée Kleijn
  • Arjan de Koning
  • Lauran van Oers
  • Anneke Wegener Sleeswijk
  • Sangwon Suh
  • Helias A. Udo de Haes
Book

Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. LCA in Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 5-5
    3. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 5-10
    4. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 10-12
    5. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 12-13
    6. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 13-13
  3. Guide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-20
    2. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 21-29
    3. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 31-40
    4. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 41-62
    5. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 63-95
    6. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 97-108
    7. Back Matter
      Pages 109-120
  4. Operational Annex

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-127
    2. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 129-129
    3. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 131-132
    4. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 133-159
    5. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 161-388
    6. Hans de Bruijn, Robbert van Duin, Mark A. J. Huijbregts, Jeroen B. Guinee, Marieke Gorree, Reinout Heijungs et al.
      Pages 389-390

About this book

Introduction

Environmental policy aims at the transition to sustainable production and consumption. This is taking place in different ways and at different levels. In cases where businesses are continuously active to improve the environmental performance of their products and activities, the availability of knowledge on environmental impacts is indispensable. The integrated assessment of all environmental impacts from cradle to grave is the basis for many decisions relating to achieving improved products and services. The assessment tool most widely used for this is the environmental Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA. Before you is the new Handbook of LCA replacing the previous edition of 1992. New developments in LCA methodology from all over the world have been discussed and, where possible, included in this new Handbook. Integration of all developments into a new, consistent method has been the main aim for the new Handbook. The thinking on environment and sustainability is, however, quickly evolving so that it is already clear now that this new LCA Handbook does not embrace the very latest developments. Therefore, further revisions will have to take place in the future. A major advantage of this Handbook is that it now also advises which procedures should be followed to achieve adequate, relevant and accepted results. Furthermore, the distinction between detailed and simplified LCA makes this Handbook more broadly applicable, while guidance is provided as to which additional information can be relevant for specialised applications.

Keywords

chemistry development ecology environment environmental science environmental sciences industry life-cycle assessment (LCA) organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans de Bruijn
    • 1
  • Robbert van Duin
    • 2
  • Mark A. J. Huijbregts
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jeroen B. Guinee
    • 5
  • Marieke Gorree
    • 5
  • Reinout Heijungs
    • 5
  • Gjalt Huppes
    • 5
  • Renée Kleijn
    • 5
  • Arjan de Koning
    • 5
  • Lauran van Oers
    • 5
  • Anneke Wegener Sleeswijk
    • 5
  • Sangwon Suh
    • 5
  • Helias A. Udo de Haes
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Fuels and Raw Materials BureauThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Interfaculty Department of Environmental ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Environmental Studiesthe University of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Centre of Environmental ScienceLeiden UniversityGermany

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The Handbook on Life-Cycle Assessment is a guidance document and handbook, one that covers everything from the best choice of methods for all phases of an LCA study to detailed scientific discussion on methodological issues. … The information given … is very detailed. … It provides 225 pages of tables of conversion factors, characterization factors, normalization factors, and so on. … readers are entitled to high expectations given the impressive team of authors behind this book, and the assumed intended audience will not be disappointed." (Lars-Gunnar Lindfors, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 7 (2), 2003)