Thailand Characterization Factors for Human Health and Biodiversity Damage of Chemical Substances in Life Cycle Impact Assessment
American Journal of Environmental Protection
Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2013, Pages: 154-160
Received: Sep. 27, 2013; Published: Nov. 10, 2013
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Chantima Rewlay-ngoen, Energy Engineering Program, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand
Seksan Papong, National Metal and Materials Technology Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani, 12120 Thailand
Toshiaki Kubo, Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. 2-3 Kanda–Nishikicho, Chiyoda–ku, Tokyo 101–8443, Japan
Norihoro Itsubo, Department of Environmental and Information Studies, Tokyo City University 3-3-1 Ushikubo–nishi, Tsuzuku Ward, Yokohama, Japan
Pomthong Malakul, The Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University, 10330 Bangkok
Sate Sampattgul, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand
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The environmental impact assessment for chemical substances on human health damage has been of significant interest sometime in the EU, USA, and Japan. In Thailand, such an environmental impact is now receiving more attention. The present study focuses on developing the damage factors of chemical substances on human health based on the multi-media box type fate and exposure model via IMPACT 2002, with the model adapted to Thailand. Human health damage factors are expressed in terms of disability–adjusted life year (DALY) per kg emission. The development method includes four steps: fate analysis, exposure analysis, potency, and severity analysis. This study derived new damage factors of 144 chemical substances that quantify the impact damage of an emission change on human health damage. It was found that the characterization factors for human health damage range from 7.3410-9 to 1.30103 DALY per kg emitted. This work provides new information for damage factors on human health in Thailand based on the IMPACT 2002 model, modified for Thailand. Future research should include uncertainty analysis of the major relevant parameters, which could provide information on the reliability of the damage function.
Human Toxicity, Impact Assessment, Endpoint Damage
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Chantima Rewlay-ngoen, Seksan Papong, Toshiaki Kubo, Norihoro Itsubo, Pomthong Malakul, Sate Sampattgul, Thailand Characterization Factors for Human Health and Biodiversity Damage of Chemical Substances in Life Cycle Impact Assessment, American Journal of Environmental Protection. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2013, pp. 154-160. doi: 10.11648/j.ajep.20130206.16
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