LCA Task 48 Method ToolTask 48 - Software
The LCA Method Tool is a tool for applying the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, which is a technique for assessing the energy and environmental impacts associated with all stages of a product’s life cycle from cradle to grave. LCA Method Tool can be used to create life cycle energy and environmental balances of SHC systems, to carry out simplified LCAs, and to compare the SHC systems with conventional ones.
Data on specific energy and environmental impacts of different components of SHC and conventional systems are provided with the tool. LCA Method Tool can easily be expanded with the life cycle data of new components or updated with new life cycle data for the existing components.
The visualization approach of the tool enables users to build the SHC system model by using a clear and transparent structure. Input data, specific impacts, total impacts are reported in separate worksheets; therefore, each worksheet can be easily consulted or compiled. The LCA results are displayed both in tables and in figures and are referred both to specific life cycle steps (manufacturing, operation and end-of-life steps) and to the total life cycle.
The tool is developed in xls format and contains the following worksheets:
- SHC system;
- Conventional system;
- Specific impacts SHC system;
- Specific impacts conventional system;
- Calculation (hidden sheet used to make calculations);
- Total impacts SHC system;
- Total impacts conventional system;
- Impacts comparison;
- Payback indices.
The tool can be used only for academic and research activities.
The LCA method tool can be downloaded here.
4 examples can be found here.