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Life cycle assessment of a telecommunication product

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2 Author(s)
H. Scheller ; Motorola European-CMRC, Wiesbaden, Germany ; W. F. Hoffman

Environmental awareness in industry is no longer focused on technological and economical aspects alone, and ecology is becoming a factor of growing importance at all stages of a product life cycle. To understand the ecological weak points in a life cycle of a product and to compare solutions to ensure the improvements in each stage of the life cycle a systematic method is needed to quantify all environmental impacts. Life cycle assessment performs the capability to quantify, the environmental performance of a product. The output of LCAs, the ecoprofiles serve as a starting point for product and process improvements through scenario and weak point analysis. This paper shows the application of LCA to a telecommunication product (pager). The methodology of LCA and some product information are shown. Details of the LCA project and findings are described. An outlook on the most important needs to improve LCAs in electronics applications is given

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Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing, 1999. Proceedings. EcoDesign '99: First International Symposium On

Date of Conference:

1-3 Feb 1999