Potential and Challenges of Life-Cycle Assessment as a Tool for Green Chemistry

Document Type : Original Article


1 Office of Sustainability, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

2 Depart,ent of Chemical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


Green Chemistry is the term that is accepted widely for explaining the tendency towards
sustainability and chemical processes and products that are more environmentally friendly.
Life-Cycle Assessment is an important assessment tool for decision making; In particular, it can
determine process stages exactly with a high environmental effect when it is applied throughout
the planning phase. Therefore, it can provide guidelines regarding the optimization of applying
the actual technology. Life cycle assessment has been described as a tool for comparing products
and processes or different components during a life-cycle.
The current study provides a profound review with respect to the principal descriptions of Green
Chemistry as well as Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a tool that evaluate environmentally the
chemical products and processes. This paper tries to consider challenges of LCA methodologies
to green chemistry as well.