International consensus model for comparative assessment of chemical emissions in LCA

Publication Type

Conference Paper

Date Published

03/2008

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-512E

Abstract

Under the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative the six most commonly used characterization models for toxic impacts from chemicals were compared and harmonized through a sequence of workshops removing differences which were unintentional or unnecessary. A parsimonious (as simple as possible but as complex as needed) and transparent consensus model, USEtox, was created producing characterization factors that fall within the range of factors from the harmonised existing characterisation models. The USEtox model together with factors for several thousand substances are currently under review to form the basis of the recommendations from the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative in this field.

Conference Name

International Academy for Production Engineering 15th International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, March 17-19, 2008

Year of Publication

2008

Publisher

CIRP

Conference Location

Sydney, Australia

ISBN Number

1877040673