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2015 | 3(16) | 61-63

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as an introduction to the Circular Economy

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Ocena cyklu życia jako wprowadzenie do gospodarki o obiegu zamkniętym

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The notion of “the circular economy” is gaining increasing traction in some circles. To move towards a circular economy it will be important to better understand the full environmental impacts of products and services, which is what life-cycle assessment (LCA) helps us to do. This paper briefly introduces the circular economy, the concept of LCA, and some practical aspects of LCA.
Pojęcie „gospodarki o obiegu zamkniętym” cieszy się coraz większym zainteresowaniem wielu środowisk. W celu przejścia do gospodarki o obiegu zamkniętym należy lepiej zrozumieć całościowe oddziaływanie produktów i usług na środowisko, co umożliwia narzędzie, jakim jest ocena cyklu życia (LCA). Artykuł skrótowo opisuje gospodarkę o obiegu zamkniętym oraz koncepcję LCA wraz z kilkoma praktycznymi aspektami.






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  • Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability UCLA Anderson School of Management UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability


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This paper follows the invited keynote presentation that the author delivered at the V International Conference on Reverse Logistics in Wroclaw, June 16, 2015.

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