A Method for Determining the Environmental Footprint of Industrial Products Using Simulation
Paper in proceedings, 2011

Effective assessment and communication of the environmental footprint is increasingly important to process development and marketing purposes. Traditionally, static methods have been applied to analyze the environmental impact during a product’s life cycle; however, they are unable to incorporate dynamic aspects of real world operations. This paper discusses a method using Discrete Event Simulation (DES) to analyze production systems and simultaneously enable labeling of products’ environmental footprint. The method steps include data management, determination of environmental footprint, and communication of the results. The method is developed during a case study of a job-shop-production facility. To evaluate the DES method, the DES results were compared with the results of a Simplified Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) conducted on the same production system. The case study demonstrates the possibility for the DES method to determine the variation between products in terms of the environmental footprint and highlights some of the difficulties involved.

Author

Erik Lindskog

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Linus Lund

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Jonatan Berglund

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Tina Lee

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Anders Skoogh

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference

08917736 (ISSN)

2131-2142 6147926

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1109/WSC.2011.6147926

ISBN

978-145772108-3

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Created

10/7/2017