A Literature review of life cycle assessment for bridge infrastructure
2010 (English)In: Sustainable Construction A Life Cycle Approach in Engineering: Proceedings International Symposium / [ed] L. Bragança, H. Koukkari, M. Veljkovic and R. P. Borg, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta , 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Currently, the whole world is confronted with great challenges related to environmental issues. As a fundamentalinfrastructure in transport networks, railway bridges are responsible for numerous material and energy consumption throughtheir life cycle, which in turn leads to significant environmental burdens. However, present management of railway bridgeinfrastructures is mainly focused on the technical and financial aspects, whereas the environmental assessment is rarelyintegrated. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is deemed as a systematic method for also assessing the environmental impact ofproducts and systems, but its application in railway bridge infrastructures is rare. Very limited literature and research studiesare available in this area. In order to incorporate the implementation of LCA into railway bridges and set new design criteria,this article performs an elaborate literature survey and presents current developments regarding the LCA implementation forrailway bridges. Several critical issues are discussed and highlighted in detail. The discussion is focused on themethodology, practical operational issues and data collections. Finally, a systematic LCA framework for quantifyingenvironmental impacts for railway bridges is introduced and interpreted as a potential guideline.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta , 2010.
Engineering and Technology
Research subject Järnvägsgruppen - Infrastruktur
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-58617OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-58617DiVA: diva2:473440
International Symposium, Malta, 23-25 July 2010
QC 201201112012-01-062012-01-062016-03-15Bibliographically approved