34-ME4211 - Assessment of Greenness of a Product • It is...

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Unformatted text preview: Assessment of Greenness of a Product • It is important to assess the ‘greenness’ of the products designed/re-designed using green design approach Reasons § To make future decisions on further improvements § To generate marketing information • Essential tool: Life-cycle Assessment (LCA) ME4211 Development of Green Products 1 UPK / MECH Life Cycle Assessment - LCA • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method to quantitatively assess the environmental impact of a product ME4211 Development of Green Products 2 UPK / MECH Purpose of Life-cycle assessment • • • • • Minimize the magnitude of pollution Conserve ecological systems Develop and utilize cleaner technologies Maximize recycling of materials and waste Apply the most appropriate pollution prevention and abatement techniques ME4211 Development of Green Products 3 3 UPK / MECH What is the need of life-cycle assessment? • • Reason Waste is generated through human activities: approx. 40 tons/year per person in US which clearly represents lost resources as well as environmental degradation. Through identification of stages in product life-cycle that leads to pollutant and waste formation, LCA can identify actions that will be effective in reducing environmental impacts of products. ME4211 Development of Green Products 4 4 UPK / MECH How is LCA used? • • • Manufacturers will look into: Product development Product improvement Product comparison (most attention has been paid) ME4211 Development of Green Products 5 5 UPK / MECH ...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ME ME4211 taught by Professor Dr.a.vyas during the Winter '11 term at NYU Poly.

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34-ME4211 - Assessment of Greenness of a Product • It is...

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