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Developing Anticipatory Life Cycle Assessment Tools to Support Responsible Innovation

Abstract Several prominent research strategy organizations recommend applying life cycle assessment (LCA) early in the development of emerging technologies. For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Research Council, the Department of Energy, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative identify the potential for LCA to inform research and development (R&D) of photovoltaics and products containing engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). In this capacity, application of LCA to emerging technologies may contribute to the growing movement for responsible research and innovation (RRI). However, existing LCA practices are largely retrospective and ill-suited to support the objectives of RRI. For example, barriers related to data av... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Wender, Ben A. (Author) / Seager, Thomas (Advisor) / Guston, David (Committee member) / Westerhoff, Paul (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental engineering / Life cycle assessment / responsible innovation
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 140 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Civil and Environmental Engineering 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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