Nanotech 2011

Improve Environmental and Economic Performance with Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA)

J.A. Shatkin, W. Larsen
CLF Ventures, Inc., US

Keywords: nanomaterials, sustainability, lifecycle


Many new technologies offer significant improvements in environmental performance over existing approaches. Typically, there is some uncertainty about the health or environmental impacts, positive or negative, of new technologies, which can adversely affect their introduction into the market. Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) of new technologies offers the opportunity for early stage product performance assessment, to identify and measure environmental impacts, such as carbon emissions, water consumption, use of hazardous materials, in ways that can improve product performance and market penetration. An assessment that demonstrates a positive environmental profile enhances market access, while conversely, through a screening level assessment concerns about potential adverse effects can be identified and addressed prior to market introduction, creating more sustainable products.

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