Ökobilanzen für Verpackungen II. Verpackungsökobilanz als Entscheidungshilfe
Life cycle inventories for packaging systems II
Life cycle analysis is an instrument of system analysis which supports strategic decisions. Under this general impression in September 1992 three German institutes presented a LCI methodology paper. This methodology is transformed into computer program. This methodology establishes 5 principles for performance of LCI: strict separation of life cycle inventory and life cycle assessment; product life cycle is represented by a network of modules; the complete packaging systems which comprise all components which have to be used to distribute packed goods to the consumer has to be investigated; the principle of "investigation of individual life cycle"; standardization of LCI parameters according to the "benefit of use". The presentation points out the fields of applications of LCI in industry as well as in policy.