Purpose It is well known that industrial processes require large consumption of energy and other resources during the product manufacturing phase. This exploitation of energy is reflected both in terms of environmental impact and in terms of economic impact, which can be measured through specific tools. The measurement of these environmental and economic impacts is an essential step towards both the control of the energy consumption and energy costs and in sustainability energy assessment. In this paper is presented the extrusion process of plastic materials in a big Italian company. This process is highly energy-consuming and for this reason it is necessary monitoring the energy consumption and controlling the process parameters to increase the energy sustainability and, at the same time, decrease the environmental and social impacts. The aim of this work is presenting a methodology to capture the extrusion process sustainability to have a base line useful to compare the results of any other extrusion process assessment. Design/methodology/approach The proposed methodology aims to identify the high energy consuming machineries, components, and devices in the company. To do this, the industrial process must be organised in several functional components which have a specific number of input and output. The first step in this propose is the process evaluation in terms of the definition of the functional modules involved and the identification of the input/output needed in each one. After the collection of these data, the next step is the assessment of the environmental and economic impacts through Life Cycle Assessment analysis (LCA) and Life Cycle Cost Assessment analysis (LCCA). This study is supported by a hardware and software infrastructure among the extrusion process machineries and the SimaPro tool to conduct the LCA and LCCA analyses. Originality/value The innovation of this paper is to consider the Life Cycle Assessment of a process through the evaluation of each its components. The resulted impacts are focused on the process sustainability and not on the product sustainability as is instead largely made clear in the literature. The results of this work are related to the definition of a methodology in the field of industrial processes evaluation; in fact, it has been defined a new approach to conduct the Life Cycle Assessment focused on the industrial process and it has been suggested a method to evaluate the Energy Sustainability in a highly energy-consuming process.
Combining energy monitoring and LCA/LCCA analyses to improve the sustainability of an extrusion process / Luzi, Andrea; Marilungo, Eugenia; Papetti, Alessandra; Peruzzini, Margherita; Germani, Michele. - In: ...SUMMER SCHOOL FRANCESCO TURCO. PROCEEDINGS. - ISSN 2283-8996. - 11-13(2013), pp. 67-72.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Titolo:||Combining energy monitoring and LCA/LCCA analyses to improve the sustainability of an extrusion process|
|Autore/i:||Luzi, Andrea; Marilungo, Eugenia; Papetti, Alessandra; Peruzzini, Margherita; Germani, Michele|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84982899228|
|Citazione:||Combining energy monitoring and LCA/LCCA analyses to improve the sustainability of an extrusion process / Luzi, Andrea; Marilungo, Eugenia; Papetti, Alessandra; Peruzzini, Margherita; Germani, Michele. - In: ...SUMMER SCHOOL FRANCESCO TURCO. PROCEEDINGS. - ISSN 2283-8996. - 11-13(2013), pp. 67-72.|
|Tipologia||Articolo su rivista|
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