An Overview of the Life Cycle Assessment Method-Past, Present, and Future

Reinout Heijungs*, Jeroen B. Guineév

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    This chapter gives an overview of the mainstream method behind Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). It does so on the basis of the generally accepted principles, canonized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The first part of the chapter is an overview devoted to the method itself and the current state of the practice. The second part provides a sketch of the historical development that led toward the method. The chapter concludes with a description of present developments that are influencing the evolving method.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLife Cycle Assessment Handbook: A Guide for Environmentally Sustainable Products
    PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Print)9781118099728
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2012


    • ISO
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Life cycle impact assessment
    • Life cycle inventory
    • Method


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