Use of Life Cycle Assessment in the procedure for the establishment of environmental criteria in the Catalan eco-label of leather

Llorenç Milà i Canals, Xavier Domènech, Joan Rieradevall, Rita Puig, Pere Fullana

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Abstract

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been used to detect the environmental 'hot spots' in the chrome-tanned bovine leather industry. We have studied those stages in the life cycle of leather, which occur 'from cradle to gate'. The production chain studied starts with the agricultural products (fertiliser and pesticide production is also included) needed for cattle raising, it is followed by the slaughterhouse, and ends at the tanning industry gate. Main chemicals and waste flows in and out of this chain have also been included in the analysis. One of the main conclusions is that the tannery is an important stage in most of the impact categories, mainly due to the landfilling of the tannery wastes. Agriculture and - to a lesser extent - cattle raising also play a very important role in most of the impact categories; the former, due to the related energy consumption and use of fertilisers, and the latter due to the emissions associated with animal care. The Autonomous Government of Catalonia is using the results of this study to establish the environmental criteria that a leather product must fulfil in order to attain the Catalan eco-label.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberBF02978908
Pages (from-to)39-46
JournalInternational Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

Keywords

  • Catalan eco-label
  • Cradle-to-gate
  • Cradle-to-grave
  • Descriptive LCA
  • Eco-label
  • Eco-label procedure
  • Environmental criteria
  • Impact assessment
  • LCA
  • Leather
  • Leather industry
  • Life Cycle Assessment

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