Summary

Adding LCA to the decision-making process provides an understanding of the human health and environmental impacts that traditionally are not considered when selecting a product or process. This valuable information provides a way to account for the full impacts of decisions, especially those that occur outside of the site that are directly influenced by the selection of a product or process. LCA is an environmental management tool that helps to inform decision makers and should be included with other decision criteria, such as cost and performance, in order to make a well-balanced decision. While there is not always a straightforward or easy choice, it is important to understand the potential impacts related to each choice.

See also: Limits to Growth.

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