Life cycle assessment of a mobile phone

Tan, Kevin Chin Ning (2005) Life cycle assessment of a mobile phone. [USQ Project]


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The environment has been under constant stress from human activities. An energy crisis in the 1970s and the publication of Limits to Growth eventually contributed to heightened awareness of environmental impacts contributed by human activities. This eventually led to the formulation of the Life Cycle Assessment. The Life Cycle Assessment is a 'cradle-to-grave' approach of carrying out the evaluation of effects that a product has on the environment over the entire product life. The product analyzed in this project is a mobile phone.
There are currently 1.5 billion mobile phone subscribers in the world and this number is fast increasing. This means that the rate of disposal is great as general consumer behavior suggests frequent replacement of mobile phones.
This project aims at coming up with a result for the environmental impacts of a mobile phone. This is done by carrying out the necessary steps suggested by the International Standards Organization.

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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: mobile phone, life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental impact, battery, nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4006 Communications engineering > 400699 Communications engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400899 Electrical engineering not elsewhere classified

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