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Environmental Engineering Research 2003;8(3): 141-151. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4491/eer.2003.8.3.141
NEW METHODOLOGY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF A PRODUCT'S END-OF-LIFE
Hong-Yoon Kang
Environmental Technology Research Team, LG Production Engineering Research Center, Cheongho-ri, Jinwuy-myun, Kyunggi-do 451-713, Korea
Corresponding Author: Hong-Yoon Kang ,Tel: +82-31-660-7051, Fax: +82-31-660-7385, Email: kanghy@lge.com
Received: March 6, 2003;  Accepted: July 6, 2003.
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ABSTRACT
End-of-Life Environmental Performance Evaluation System (EoL-EPES) has been developed to enable the systematic assessment of environmental performances of a product's end-of-life. It consists of three indicators including "Eco-Recycling Rate", "Recycling Potential" and "End-of-Life Performance (EoL-performance)". The eco-recycling rate is based on the concept that integrates the cost aspects into the conventional recycling rate and consequently can be used as an indicator representing the degree of economical recycling. The recycling potential which is obtained from 28 criteria evaluation supports designers to recognize the clues for environmental improvements. The EoL-performance defined as a geometric average of the eco-recycling rate and the recycling potential, helps establishing environmental strategies for product improvements. The EoL-EPES has been verified to give an appropriate information on practical environmental evaluation and to facilitate environmental improvements via its application to electronic appliances.
Keywords: disassembly | ecodesign | eco-recycling rate | end-of-life performance | environmental performance | recycling oriented design | recycling potential
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