The mining/quarrying industry is a sector of industry where there are very few Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools, and where the role of LCA has been poorly investigated. A key issue is the integration of three inter-dependent life cycles: Project, Asset and Product. Given the unique features of mining LCAs, this Note from the Field presents a common methodology implemented within the Sustainable Aggregates Resource Management (SARMa) Project (www.sarmaproject.eu) in order to boost adoption of LCA in the aggregate industry in South Eastern Europe. The proposed methodology emphasises the importance of resource efficiency and recycling in the context of a Sustainable Supply Mix of aggregates for the construction industry. Through its adoption, aggregate producers, recyclers, and governmental planners would gain confidence with LCA tools and conduct consistent and meaningful life cycle analyses of natural and recycled aggregates.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Cleaner Production|
|State||Published - May 2012|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The research presented in this paper was developed within the SARMa Project, an European Commission funded project: Contract No SEE AF/A/151/2.4/X ( www.sarmaproject.eu ).
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Natural aggregates
- Recycled aggregates
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Environmental Science (all)
- Strategy and Management
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering