Chalmers Conferences, LCM 2013

Takeshi Matsuda, Ryota Ii, Norihiro Itsubo

Last modified: 2014-09-11


Resource consumption causes destruction of nature by mining and economic damage by resource depletion. To evaluate these damage, we need Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) indicators. In this study, we developed grovel LCIA damage factor of resource -consumption. We evaluated damage of biodiversity, primary production and human economy. By using some static data, we made damage factor of resources extracted in each country. Then, by using international trade data, we made damage factors of resources consumed in each country. This method will contribute to LCIA of resource consumption around the world.


Mineral resource; Damage function; Impact assessment; Biodiversity; Fossil fuel


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