PROPOSALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT OVER THE WOODEN PANELS PRODUCTIVE PROCESS UNDER A BRAZILIAN CONDITION, FOCUSING ON THE IMPACTS FOR THE HUMAN TOXICITY CATEGORY

  • Rodrigo Salvador University of Technology - Paraná, Ponta Grossa Campus
  • Lucas Xavier de Oliveira Federal University of Technology - Paraná, Ponta Grossa Campus
  • Antonio Carlos de Francisco Federal University of Technology - Paraná
  • Cassiano Moro Piekarski
Keywords: wood panel, lca, environmental impact.

Abstract

The Brazilian wooden panel industry has been growing over the last decades, what increases the concerns with its productive characteristics and the consequences of the practices adopted. The objective of this study is to present a discussion regarding the importance of the assessment on the environmental profile of wooden panels produced in Brazil, prioritizing the panels with bigger prominence in the segment, due to their potential damage to the human health resulting from their production processes and use. This paper focuses on the human toxicity category because this is one impact category on which the panels characteristics contribute to since the conception of raw materials even after its expedition and posterior use.  In light of that, a set of potential improvements are proposed in order to reduce the environmental loads of the processes here approached, considering the hotspots identified in studies under the Brazilian conditions. For the human toxicity category, the hotspots were: consume of the binding agent, consume of electrical energy, consume of wood chips and transportation.

Author Biographies

Rodrigo Salvador, University of Technology - Paraná, Ponta Grossa Campus
Production Engineering Student
Lucas Xavier de Oliveira, Federal University of Technology - Paraná, Ponta Grossa Campus
Production Engineering Student
Antonio Carlos de Francisco, Federal University of Technology - Paraná
Professor Dr. and Coordinator of the Post-Graduation Program on Production Engineering, Professor of the Post-Graduation Program on Science and Technology, at the Feredal University of Technology - Paraná, Ponta Grossa Campus
Cassiano Moro Piekarski
Professor Dr. at the Production Engineering Department at the Feredal University of Technology - Paraná, Ponta Grossa Campus
Published
2016-03-20
How to Cite
Salvador, R., de Oliveira, L., de Francisco, A., & Piekarski, C. (2016). PROPOSALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT OVER THE WOODEN PANELS PRODUCTIVE PROCESS UNDER A BRAZILIAN CONDITION, FOCUSING ON THE IMPACTS FOR THE HUMAN TOXICITY CATEGORY. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 13(1), 100-109. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2016.v13.n1.a12
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