Application of Life Cycle Assessment in the Mining Industry
Curran, M. A. and Klöpffer, W.
In spite of the increasing application of life cycle assessment (LCA) for engineering evaluation of systems and products, the application of LCA in the mining industry is limited. For example, a search in the Engineering Compendex database using the keywords “life cycle assessment” results in 2,257 results, but only 19 are related to the mining industry. Also, mining companies are increasingly adopting ISO 14001 certified environmental management systems (EMSs). A key requirement of ISO certified EMSs is continual improvement, which can be better managed with life cycle thinking. This paper presents a review of the current application of LCA in the mining industry. It discusses the current application, the issues, and challenges and makes relevant recommendations for new research to improve the current situation.
K. Awuah-Offei and A. Adekpedjou, "Application of Life Cycle Assessment in the Mining Industry," International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Springer Verlag, Jan 2011.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11367-010-0246-6
Mathematics and Statistics
Keywords and Phrases
LCA methodology; Life Cycle assessment; mining; sensitive analysis; uncertainty analysis
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