Life Cycle Assessment as an Eco-Management Tool within the Power Industry
Maciej Dzikuć1, Arkadiusz Piwowar2
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1Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Zielona Gora, Licealna 9, 65-417 Zielona Gora, Poland
2Wroclaw University of Economics, Komandorska 118/120, 53-345 Wroclaw, Poland
Submission date: 2015-03-16
Final revision date: 2015-07-23
Acceptance date: 2015-07-23
Publication date: 2015-11-27
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2015;24(6):2381–2385
The following paper presents how life cycle assessment (LCA) helps to establish the environmental impact of energy production of three Polish power plants. Ecological differences between discussed power plants as well as reasons for such differences have also been pointed out. The calculations were based on the assessment procedure of Eco-indicator 99, which allows for the presentation of the impact results with respect to three damage categories. The study also determines actions which, if undertaken, will reduce the negative environmental impact of energy production. Even though coal-fired energy production is ecologically harmful, implementation of modern technologies allows for reduction of raw material consumption and limits greenhouse gas emissions.