Environmental life cycle assessment of commercial passenger jet airliners

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This paper uses a life cycle assessment of an Airbus A320 commercial airliner to determine the relative environmental impact of each service life phase. It was conducted in accordance with ISO 14040/44, the EcoInvent inventory database, customised unit process entries for the most important processes and materials and the Eco-Indicator 99 weighting method. The conclusions highlighting the very low contribution of the manufacturing phase to the overall service life emissions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • commercial passenger airliners
  • life cycle assessment
  • aviation CO2 emissions
  • environmental impact


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