Life Cycle Analysis in the Printing Industry

Submitted by: Martyn Eustace 03/05/2011

Life Cycle Assessment LCA is the leading tool for estimating environmental effects of products and processes. Despite this wide use, LCA analysis remains problematic and limited. Within the printing industry, one of the primary problems is non-standardized assumptions and practices. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to compare the life cycle impacts of products. This paper will compare LCA studies performed within the printing industry in order to identify common practices, limitations, areas for improvement, and opportunities for standardization. This comparison is focused on the data sources and methodologies used in the particular studies.A Research Monograph of the Printing Industry Center at RIT No. PICRM-2011-05 ByJustin Bousquin, Graduate Student E. Philip Saunders, College of Business Marcos Esterman, Ph.D.Assistant Professor Kate Gleason College of Engineering Sandra Rothenberg, Ph.D.Associate Professor E. Philip Saunders, College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology.