Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) evaluates the environmental burden associated with a product, process, or activity by identifying and quantifying energy and materials used and wastes released to the environment.
The overall aim of a LCA is to assess the impact of those energy and materials used and releases to the environment, and to identify and evaluate opportunities to effect environmental improvements.
Assessment often includes the entire life cycle; encompassing extracting/mining, processing raw materials, manufacturing, transportation / distribution, use, re-use, maintenance, recycling to final disposal.
There are four key components of a LCA:
ZIA is undertaking the first, global LCA for the use of zircon in the manufacture of ceramic tiles. This will be completed during 2017.
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