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A Life Cycle Assessment Report for Evaluating Environmental Impacts by Electrical Cables

image credit: Overall Environmental Impacts Chart of Aluminium Sheathed Cables and Lead Sheathed Electric Cables
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The concept of individual health being tied to the surrounding environment is increasingly being embraced. Green living and green technology are rising in today’s world and every individual and every business is trying to contribute for the same

Green technology uses new and innovative generation techniques for manufacturing of products. One of the important factors for environmental pollution is the use of harmful raw material for the production. Cleaner or “green” products may be defined as any goods or equipment that must be manufactured in accordance with environmental legislation.

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Study describes how manufacturing sector can contribute towards the solution for environmental problem. This paper present comparative environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) results for Single Core 630 mm² Aluminium Conductor and aluminium corrugated cable of Voltage Grade 64/110KV(E)(Kilo Volt-Earth) as product1 and Single Core 630 mm² Aluminium Conductor and lead sheathed cable of Voltage Grade 64/110KV(E) as product2.LCA was carried using openLCA software. 1 Km long of cable was selected as a functional unit. A CML baseline 2000 Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) method was followed. Based on primary and secondary data study gives the result for 10 impact categories. Study proves that product 2 give more environmental burden than product 1 which is lead-free alternative. Particularly in the Cable sheathing process for product 2 gives higher environmental impacts than product 1 which is lead free option. LCA results supports the sustainable design of product 1 and supports the manufacturing process of Lead-free alternative.

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