Environmental Economics

An Evaluation of Environmental Life Cycle Assessment

This draft paper explores why attempts to compute which choices, products, or practices are more environmentally benign, based on all of their direct and indirect consequences, are ultimately doomed to failure. In theory, these studies are unobjectionable, but they are not feasible from a practical perspective. Life cycle assessments are therefore not good substitutes for attacking real environmental problems when and where they exist.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Surveys and Critiques
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Methodology
    Environmental Media:
    f. Multimedia
    Authors:
    Arnold, Frank S.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation, Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0313
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Environmental Law InstituteAddress: 1616 P Street NW
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20036
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Ofice of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Economy and Environment DivisionAddress:
    City: State: ZIP:
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Draft
    Date:
    05/18/1993
    Number of Pages:
    34
    Comment:
    Grant/Contract #:
    CR-820539-01
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