The environmental impact of activities after life: life cycle assessment of funerals

  title={The environmental impact of activities after life: life cycle assessment of funerals},
  author={Elisabeth Keijzer},
  journal={The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment},
  • E. Keijzer
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Business
  • The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
PurposeAlthough the funeral market is propagating new ‘green’ alternatives and exploring innovative techniques like resomation, very little is known about the environmental impact of funerals. This research aimed to develop a benchmark of funerals, by quantifying the environmental impacts of the most common funeral techniques, i.e. burial and cremation, by identifying where the main impacts originate from and by comparing these impacts to impacts of other activities during a person’s life… 
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