LCA tool for cement manufacturers for system optimization and for environmental reporting

Sirje Vares, Tarja Häkkinen

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Abstract

A tool was developed for life cycle assessment of cements. This tool aids the manufacturer to consider environmental aspects in product development and environmental reporting (for example environmental product declaration). Attention was paid especially to the energy efficiency in the manufacturing processes. This affects not only energy use but also environmental impacts such as the carbon footprint. Cement is an essential material increasingly needed in the production of concrete structures, buildings and the modern infrastructure. However, the production of cement is an energy-intensive process which requires a lot of fuels and releases process emissions, especially CO2 in the calcination process. On the other hand, as calcination is an inevitable process in cement production, attention should be given to energy use - especially the use of recovered energy and combustible wastes. Manufacturing process optimisation and life cycle management are the key issues with regard to lowering environmental impacts caused by cement production. Cement industry belongs to the EU's emission trade systems; they must track and report the CO2 emissions annually. The role of manufacturer is also to identify and improve the CO2 and other environmental impacts incurred by production processes. This can happen with the help of life cycle assessment tool, target-setting, process development and monitoring. The LCA result should be provided for designers, contractors, and users. This information aids them to design eco-efficient use of products and buildings.
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
Pages122-133
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

NameVTT Symposium
PublisherVTT
Number262
ISSN (Print)0357–9387
ISSN (Electronic)1455–0873

Conference

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

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Cements
Environmental impact
Life cycle
Calcination
Carbon footprint
Cement industry
Concrete construction
Product development
Contractors
Energy efficiency
Monitoring

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Vares, S., & Häkkinen, T. (2009). LCA tool for cement manufacturers for system optimization and for environmental reporting. In Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium (pp. 122-133). Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Symposium, No. 262
Vares, Sirje ; Häkkinen, Tarja. / LCA tool for cement manufacturers for system optimization and for environmental reporting. Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2009. pp. 122-133 (VTT Symposium; No. 262).
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Vares, S & Häkkinen, T 2009, LCA tool for cement manufacturers for system optimization and for environmental reporting. in Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, VTT Symposium, no. 262, pp. 122-133, Symposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA, Espoo, Finland, 6/10/09.

LCA tool for cement manufacturers for system optimization and for environmental reporting. / Vares, Sirje; Häkkinen, Tarja.

Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2009. p. 122-133 (VTT Symposium; No. 262).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientific

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Vares S, Häkkinen T. LCA tool for cement manufacturers for system optimization and for environmental reporting. In Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium. Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. 2009. p. 122-133. (VTT Symposium; No. 262).