From the Back Cover
Improve the environmental profile of your company's products and processes with life-cycle assessment Today, there is a growing awareness that companies across all sectors of industry must take life-cycle responsibility for their activities from "cradle to grave." Life-cycle assessment (LCA) offers a new and powerful way of looking at these activites and their impact on the environment. Let a team of international experts on the cutting edge of LCA help you improve the environmental profile of your company's products and processes. This comprehensive book leads you step by step through the intricacies of this otherwise complicated process, showing how to conduct a complete life-cycle study from start to finish. You'll find clear, detailed coverage of the full range of essential LCA concepts and activities, including: Life-cycle inventory methodology; Life-cycle costing and total cost assessment; Life-cycle design--including needs analysis, formulating requirements, employing selected strategies, and performing evaluations; LCA software tools and databases. Filled with a wealth of real-world examples and case studies from the public and private sectors, the book illustrates how LCA has been useful in making sound decisions on everything from corporate planning to supplier selection to eco-labeling. Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment is an invaluable resource for manufacturers and suppliers, product and process designers, executives and managers, and government officials who want to learn the "ins" and "outs" of this new approach to environmental management for the 21st century.