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A framework for environmental impact assessment tools: comparison validation and application using case study of electronic products

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4 Author(s)
R. Kulkarni ; Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX, USA ; H. C. Zhang ; Jianzhi Li ; Junning Sun

There is growing international pressure on original equipment manufacturers of electronic products to reduce the environmental impact of their products. Hence a conscious effort is being made by them to evaluate the environmental impact of their products and thus identify aspects leading to the environmental burden. This paper presents a recent research aimed to develop an environmental impact evaluation framework for electronic products based on existing environmental assessment (EIA) software systems. A comprehensive evaluation and comparison of select software systems is presented using relevant case studies of standard computer products. The paper also evaluates a framework for extending the environmental evaluation to the end-of-life scenario of these products.

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Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment, 2005.

Date of Conference:

16-19 May 2005