The full text of this article

 

VerdEE: a tool for adoption of life cycle assessment in small and medium sized enterprises in Italy
by Paolo Masoni, Balazs Sara, Emanuela Scimia, Andrea Raggi
Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal (PIE), Vol. 1, No. 1/2/3, 2004

 

Abstract: The Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA) carried out a project focused on identifying the main difficulties and problems of the introduction of the life cycle concept in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and also on overcoming these difficulties. A new tool, VerdEE, was developed to evaluate the environmental profile of a product based on a well-defined criteria system. The procedure includes checklist and the automatic interpretation of results in matrix and target-plot forms. Checklist questions deal either with quantitative, qualitative and improvement aspects of material and energy flows guided by objective valuation rules and recommended scores. The combination of structural innovations, methodological improvements and self-assessment characteristics made VerdEE different compared to other streamlined life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and helped it to achieve its specific goals. A comparison with detailed LCA results was also carried out. The results were very similar regarding identification of significant life cycle stages and environmental problems.

Online publication date: Tue, 25-May-2004

 

is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

 
Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

 
Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

 
Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal (PIE):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

 

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?


 
Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

 
If you still need assistance, please email subs@inderscience.com