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Integration of product entropy and LCA to screen the potential environmental impacts of complex product systems at the end-of-life stage

: Rickert, J.; Drachenfels, N. von; Cerdas, F.; Herrmann, C.


CIRP Annals. Manufacturing Technology 68 (2019), No.1, pp.25-28
ISSN: 0007-8506
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IST ()
lifecycle; environment; recycling

Applying life cycle assessment (LCA) early in the development of technologies is essential to anticipate potential unforeseen environmental consequences. Modelling the lifecycle of a complex product is nevertheless challenging, as the data required is usually scarce. The approach presented in this paper integrates product entropy into end-of-life modelling for LCA. This enables anticipating the fate of a product after its end-of-use leading to a more realistic allocation of environmental impacts. The approach is demonstrated for the case study of recycling traction batteries with emerging traction battery cell chemistries.