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The Impact of a Teracom Group Product From a Life Cycle Perspective
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

All kinds of products have economic, social and environmental impact throughout their entire life cycle. Today’s growing need for electronic devices contributes to the increasing problem within these fields.  The aim of this study is to investigate and determine the impact of a chosen Teracom Group product from a sustainability perspective and to develop recommendations regarding how to proceed, in order to reduce the impact of products. This study is mainly focusing on the environmental aspect of the concept of sustainability. A life cycle assessment (LCA) of a set-top box (STB) is conducted based on chosen indicators by using the software SimaPro. The goal of the assessment is to identify the phases within the life cycle with largest environmental impact and contribute to Teracom Group’s further sustainable work.

18 impact categories are included to express emissions and use of natural resources. The result clearly shows that the production phase has the largest environmental impact within categories such as terrestrial acidification, human toxicity, freshwater ecotoxicity, marine ecotoxicity, urban land occupation and metal resource depletion. The use phase affects the environment foremost within climate change, ozone depletion, terrestrial ecotoxicity, ionising radiation, agricultural land use, natural land transformation and water depletion. Transports and the waste scenario only have a small effect on certain categories.

The experiences of this study are discussed, demonstrating the difficulty in making an LCA in the position of being at the company purchasing products, not at the company manufacturing them. The company has previously not focused enough on sustainability regarding products. An LCA performed by the supplier would be more reliable due to a better possibility of collecting accurate data. Communication and cooperation between the company and its suppliers are key solutions. Higher requirements during procurement should be put on the products, including demands on performed LCAs with clearly described references and methods, critically review by a third party.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 33, 1 p.
Trita-IM, ISSN 1402-7615 ; 2013:01
Keyword [en]
Sustainability, life cycle assessment, set-top box
National Category
Environmental Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118479OAI: diva2:607197
Subject / course
Environmental Assessment
Educational program
Master of Science - Sustainable Technology
2013-01-28, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-02-22 Created: 2013-02-19 Last updated: 2013-02-22Bibliographically approved

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