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Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach [Paperback]

Chris T. Hendrickson , Lester B. Lave , H. Scott Matthews

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Book Description

April 12 2006 1933115246 978-1933115245
Environmental life cycle assessment is often thought of as cradle to grave and therefore as the most complete accounting of the environmental costs and benefits of a product or service. However, as anyone who has done an environmental life cycle assessment knows, existing tools have many problems: data is difficult to assemble and life cycle studies take months of effort. A truly comprehensive analysis is prohibitive, so analysts are often forced to simply ignore many facets of life cycle impacts. But the focus on one aspect of a product or service can result in misleading indications if that aspect is benign while other aspects pollute or are otherwise unsustainable. This book summarizes the EIO-LCA method, explains its use in relation to other life cycle assessment models, and provides sample applications and extensions of the model into novel areas. A final chapter explains the free, easy-to-use software tool available on a companion website. (www.eiolca.net) The software tool provides a wealth of data, summarizing the current U.S. economy in 500 sectors with information on energy and materials use, pollution and greenhouse gas discharges, and other attributes like associated occupational deaths and injuries. The joint project of twelve faculty members and over 20 students working together over the past ten years at the Green Design Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, the EIO-LCA has been applied to a wide range of products and services. It will prove useful for research, industry, and in economics, engineering, or interdisciplinary classes in green design.

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'[This book] is sure to find its place on the shelf of both specialists and generalists interested in knowing more about the potential for life cycle analysis - and its variant EIO-LCA - to advance the rationalization of decisionmaking in the sustainable development context.' Inside Green Business

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Chris T. Hendrickson is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Engineering and Research, and co-director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Lester B. Lave is the Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics in the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business and co-director of both the Electricity Industry Center and the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. H. Scott Matthews is the research director of the Green Design Institute and a faculty member in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a Solid Reference April 23 2014
By Beverly A. Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
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While this is not the first book I pull form the shelf when looking at a new life-cycle assessment to be done, I usually do refer to it. This is quite clearly presented and covers all the economics of projects on a life-cycle basis. It is a bit weak in the natural resoruce damages risk area and maybe a bit weak in terms of sustainability or energy efficiency values.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for research Feb. 5 2013
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I rented this book but in the end I purchased as it was an easy going light readying with simple everyday samples. Recommended to just the ones who are studying environment.
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy way to carry out LCA studies May 11 2011
By Jairo Chacòn - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book useful and interesting on how to include economic aspects into life cycle assessment.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Environmental Life cycle assessment of goods and services: an input-output approach Oct. 2 2008
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Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach

I find this book very useful because of the treatment given to the explanation of the concepts and the good examples which showed the application of these concepts. I recommended for those interested in life cycle assessment and its applications.

Professor of the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería-Colombia-Sur América
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5.0 out of 5 stars lifecycle assessment can be fun May 9 2006
By Ryan England - Published on Amazon.com
I think this book does a good job explaining the science of lifecycle assessment, including all the math behind those big tables, and has good examples to illustrate the things you're learning about.

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