Toward a holistic environmental impact assessment of marble quarrying and processing: proposal of a novel easy-to-use IPAT-based method

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Abstract

Marble is a natural dimension stone that iswidely used in building due to its resistance andesthetic qualities. Unfortunately, some concernshave arisen regarding its production process becausequarrying and processing activities demand significantamounts of energy and greatly affect the environment.Further, performing an environmental analysisof a production process such as that of marblerequires the consideration of many environmentalaspects (e.g., noise, vibrations, dust and waste production,energy consumption). Unfortunately, thecurrent impact accounting tools do not seem to becapable of considering all of the major aspects of the(marble) production process that may affect the environmentand thus cannot provide a comprehensiveand concise assessment of all environmental aspectsassociated with the marble production process.Therefore, innovative, easy, and reliable methodsfor evaluating its environmental impact are necessary,and they must be accessible for the non-technician.The present study intends to provide a contributionin this sense by proposing a reliable andeasy-to-use evaluation method to assess the significanceof the environmental impacts associated withthe marble production process. In addition, an applicationof the method to an actual marble producing company is presented to demonstrate itspracticability. Because of its relative ease of use, themethod presented here can also be used as a Bselfassessment^tool for pursuing a virtuous environmentalpolicy because it enables company ownersto easily identify the segments of their productionchain that most require environmental enhancement.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)108-124
Numero di pagine17
RivistaEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Volume189
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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