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Development of LCA Software for Automotive Parts

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.12 No.2

Summary

Conventional life cycle assessment (LCA) software was modified for application to automotive parts by adding an algorithm to determine end-of-life recycling paths identified and to calculate the environmental load for each of these paths. The software was tested in terms of its ability to calculate the environmental load in a bumper recycling system and results were confirmed to be equivalent to those calculated using a process analysis method. The software was applied to the LCA of rubber parts to compare the environmental load of the disposal of waste rubber in the factory process with that of recycling the rubber. Results showed that recycling waste rubber is effective in reducing the environmental load, but that it is very important to improve the quality of the recycled material and reduce the environmental load of the recycling process itself.

Reference

(1) Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Recycle initiative for end of life vehicle, May 1997 (Written in Japanese)
(2) Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, Keidanren Voluntary Environmental Action Plan: Automobiles, June 1997 (Written in Japanese)
(3) Bureau of Statistics, Management and Coordination Agency, Input-Output Tables for 1993, (1999) (Written in Japanese)
(4) Minister of International Trade and Industry Cabinet Research and Statistics Department, Industrial Statistical Tables for 1993 (Commodity Volume), (1997) (Written in Japanese)
(5) Minister of International Trade and Industry Cabinet Research and Statistics Department, Annual Report on Energy Production and Supply-Demand Statistics for 1993, (1997) (Written in Japanese)
(6) Gas Industry Division, Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, Annual Statistical Report on the Gas Industry for 1993, (1997) (Written in Japanese)
(7) Minister of International Trade and Industry Cabinet Research and Statistics Department, Oil and Other Consumption Statistics for 1993, (1997) (Written in Japanese)
(8) Minoru Makuta, Yuichi Moriguchi, Yasoi Yasuda, Shigeho Sueno, “Evaluation for the Effect of Automotive Bumper Recycling by Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis,” in 10th Collected Papers of the Japan Society of Waste Management Experts, p.150-152, October 1999 (Written in Japanese)

Author (organization or company)

Makoto IDA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Daisuke SUSA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Minoru MAKUTA(Honda Motor Co., Ltd.)

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