Life cycle assessment of a personal computer

Hikwama, Baipaki Pakson (2005) Life cycle assessment of a personal computer. [USQ Project]


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This research project aims to assess the components parts of a PC to determine which
parts contribute most adverse to environmental impacts, and to make recommendations
about the potential for recycling and recovery of materials at the end-of-life of a PC. The
investigation is performed by implementing LCA methodology on the PC. This paper
summarizes the methodology generated. A PC used is the Pentium IV ABA PC including
the Compaq monitor, keyboard and mouse. The procedure of the LCA follows the ISO
14040 series. System boundary includes the entire life cycle of the product, including raw
material acquisition, material processing, transportation, use and disposal. The LCI and
impact database for a PC is constructed using SimaPro software version 6.0 after
disassembling the PC and taking an inventory of its component parts.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental impact, ecosystem quality, personal computer (PC)
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1006 Computer Hardware > 100699 Computer Hardware not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460606 Energy-efficient computing
40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400899 Electrical engineering not elsewhere classified

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