Getting the chemicals right: addressing inorganics in sustainability assessments of technologies

Nienke Müller, Peter Fantke

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    Abstract

    A main goal of sustainability research is to enable a technological development in industry and elsewhere that ensures that what is produced and how it is produced today does not harm the quality of human or environmental health for present and future generations. As part of current environmental sustainability
    assessments, the toxicity potential of several thousand organic chemicals
    is included in characterization models within life cycle impact assessment (LCIA). However, many economic production processes involve the use of inorganic chemicals to a large extent, while the related pressure on human and environmental health of environmental emissions of these substances
    is not yet fully understood and not included in any existing LCIA method. In th
    is presentation, we provide an overview of the relevance of inorganic chemicals and outline possible ways towards incorporating inorganic chemicals in LCIA
    toxicity characterization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventATV Sustain conference -
    Duration: 30 Nov 201630 Nov 2016

    Conference

    ConferenceATV Sustain conference
    Period30/11/201630/11/2016

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