Impact assessment modelling of matter-less stressors in the context of Life Cycle Assessment

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Impact assessment modelling of matter-less stressors in the context of Life Cycle Assessment

Title: Impact assessment modelling of matter-less stressors in the context of Life Cycle Assessment
Author: Cucurachi, Stefano
Publisher: Instititute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Industrial Ecology, Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2014-10-21
Keywords: Life cycle assessment
Life cycle impact assessment
Matter-less stressors;noise pollution;light pollution
Electromagnetic pollution
Abstract: In the last three decades, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) framework has grown to establish itself as the leading tool for the assessment of the environmental impacts of product systems.LCA studies are now conducted globally both in and outside the academia and also used as a basis for policy making.Now that the science behind existing and established impact assessment models is more solid, LCA modellers may work on deepening and broadening LCA, and on tackling the issues that make the framework incomplete or uncertain.This work of thesis deals with the complete modelling of stressors that are not related to the standard extraction/emission pattern, thus that do not relate to the extraction of a certain quantity of matter or to the emission of matter to the environment.These stressors may be defined in this acceptation as matter-less.The thesis analyses the development of impact assessment models for the case of sound emissions determining noise impacts, radio-frequency electromagnetic emissions leading to electromagnetic pollution, and light emissions determining ecological light pollution.Through the study of these matter-less stressors the computational structure and other methodological topics of the LCA framework are put to the test.
Description: Promotor: G.R. de Snoo, Co-promotor: R. Heijungs
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Cucurachi, S., 2014, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789462036765
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/29300
 

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