Life Cycle Assestment , Ford Motor Co

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The automotive industry is major component of the American economy, but also is a very devastating one, which consumes in large quantities natural resources and generates a lot of waste. This industry contributes pollution with toxic substances and fossil fuels. By knowing the Life cycle implication of a specific design materials are the key point for managing and being able to have decision ? making strategy .The results of the Life cycle analysis of cars provide information on n environmental impact issues. The evaluation of automobiles fueled, new technologies such as electricity and gas units can prove the benefits and decrease the environmental impact. Although none of these alternatives is a clear winner, lowering emissions and improving sustainability is a priority of this industry.

Companies such as the Ford Motor Company need future regulation, government priorities and technological developments in order to achieve sustainability. For understanding the end-of-life on a Ford Motor Company vehicle we must define the life cycle concept.

By material life cycle I refer to ?Consecutive and interlinked stages of a product or service system, from the extraction of natural resources to the final disposal. ? , as written in the International Organization of Standards (ISO) norm 14040.2. With the knowledge of the life cycle path we can define the ?Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) ?which is also stated under the same above ISO regulation as This concept he ?Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) ?is ?A systematic set of procedures for compiling and examining the inputs and outputs of materials and energy and the associated environmental impacts directly attributable to the functioning of a product or service system throughout its life cycle.?1. Life Cycle Assessment is a process to evaluate the environmental burdens associated with a product, process, or activity by identifying the quantity of energy and...