LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results

Tarja Häkkinen, Sirje Vares

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Abstract

Environmental impacts of a beverage cup concept were studied with help of life cycle assessment methodology with specific focus on end-of life scenarios. Carton based products were compared with polymer based products. The carton-based cups were covered either with polyethene (PE) or polylactide (PLA). The polymer based cups were made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The paper studies the environmental impacts of production and alternative end-of-life scenarios and discusses the significance of the research frame related decisions. The focus is on global warming potential. The paper shows that significant improvements can be achieved through the choice of raw materials and optimal end-of-life. In order to avoid a situation where the results provoke more confusion than develop improved understanding, the LCA results should not be taken as fixed but the LCA should rather be seen as a tool which supports the manufacturer in the formulation of guidelines for product's end-of-life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife cycle assessment of products and technologies
Subtitle of host publicationLCA Symposium
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Pages40-54
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7586-2
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7585-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventSymposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 6 Oct 20096 Oct 2009

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium
Number262
ISSN0357-9387

Conference

ConferenceSymposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA
CountryFinland
CityEspoo
Period6/10/096/10/09

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Häkkinen, T., & Vares, S. (2009). LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results. In Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium (pp. 40-54). Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Symposium, No. 262
Häkkinen, Tarja ; Vares, Sirje. / LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results. Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2009. pp. 40-54 (VTT Symposium; No. 262).
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Häkkinen, T & Vares, S 2009, LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results. in Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, VTT Symposium, no. 262, pp. 40-54, Symposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA, Espoo, Finland, 6/10/09.

LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results. / Häkkinen, Tarja; Vares, Sirje.

Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2009. p. 40-54 (VTT Symposium; No. 262).

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Häkkinen T, Vares S. LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results. In Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. 2009. p. 40-54. (VTT Symposium; No. 262).