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Title: Integrated life cycle management of aggregates quarrying, processing and recycling: definition of a common LCA methodology in the SARMa project


Author: Gian Andrea Blengini, Elena Garbarino


Department of Production Systems and Business Economics, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino 10129, Italy; CNR – IGAG, Institute of Environmental Geology and Geo-Engineering of the Italian National Research Council, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino 10129, Italy.
Department of Sustainable Development and Environmental Planning, Torino Province, Corso Inghilterra 7, Torino 10138, Italy


Abstract: Most of the environmental knowledge, presently used to understand or design sustainable industrial systems, is derived from an application of life cycle assessment (LCA). The mining/quarrying industry is probably one of the sectors where there has been relatively less use of LCA tools, or where LCA has received less consensus. A key issue is the integration between three interdependent life cycles: project, asset and product life cycles. Given the unique features of mining LCAs, this paper presents a common methodology implemented within the EU sustainable aggregates resource management project in order to boost adoption of LCA in the aggregate industry in South Eastern Europe.


Keywords: mining; minerals; mineral processing; recycling; C&DW; construction and demolition waste; natural aggregates; recycled aggregates; LCA; life cycle assessment; life cycle management; LCM; quarrying; sustainable development; sustainability; asset life cycles; product life cycles; project life cycles; resource management.


DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2011.041271


Int. J. of Sustainable Society, 2011 Vol.3, No.3, pp.327 - 344


Available online: 15 Jul 2011



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