Life Cycle Assessment
This resource contains a presentation and a worksheet that will introduce the concepts of a life cycle assessment. It also considers how a Chemical Engineer would look to cut emissions and increase process sustainability. With the world facing a climate crisis it is key to be able to understand how to quantify and reduce emissions.
Key Specification Points Covered:
AQA GCSE Chemistry – 4.10.21 Life Cycle Assessment
- Life cycle assessments (LCAs) are carried out to assess the environmental impact of products in each
of these stages:
- Extracting and processing raw materials
- Manufacturing and packaging
- Use and operation during its lifetime
- Disposal at the end of its useful life, including transport and distribution at each stage.
- Use of water, resources, energy sources and production of some wastes can be fairly easily quantified.
- Allocating numerical values to pollutant effects is less straightforward and requires value judgements,
so LCA is not a purely objective process.
- Selective or abbreviated LCAs can be devised to evaluate a product but these can be misused to
reach pre-determined conclusions, eg in support of claims for advertising purposes.
- Students should be able to carry out simple comparative LCAs for shopping bags made from plastic
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