Environmental aspects when manufacturing products mainly out of metals and/or polymers
2005 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 13, no 1, 43-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The most fundamental aspect in the ISO 14001 standard Environmental management systems - Specification with guidance for use is to find out ways by which an organisation influences environment to a significant degree. This paper examines environmental data from companies manufacturing products mainly from metals and/or polymers. The data were collected in a uniform way by use of special guidelines. Weighting or valuation methods often used in life cycle assessments were used to quantitatively compare and rank environmental aspects. The study results suggest that, in general, the largest environmental impact in the investigated manufacturing sub-sector can be associated with product use and/or disposal phases. This in turn shows a need for more attention on environmental work on the design for environment than what the ISO 14001 standard requires. It is further suggested that weighting or valuation methods can aid in determining the significance of environmental impacts and aspects in the context of ISO 14001.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 13, no 1, 43-49 p.
environmental management systems, life cycle assessment, design for environment, weighting, valuation
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-25879DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2003.09.014ISI: 000224260300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-25879DiVA: diva2:360398
QC 201011032010-11-032010-11-032010-11-03Bibliographically approved