LCA Study

Geosynthetic materials (geosynthetics) are used in many different applications in civil engineering. In most cases, the use of geosynthetics replaces or enhances the use of other materials. The European Association of Geosynthetic product Manufacturers (EAGM) commissioned ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and ESU-Services Ltd. to quantify the environmental performance of commonly used construction materials (such as concrete, cement, lime or gravel) versus geosynthetics. To this end a set of comparative Life Cycle Assessment studies were carried out, concentrating on various application cases, namely filtration, road-foundation stabilisation, landfill construction and slope-retaining structures. The environmental performance of geosynthetics was compared to the performance of competing construction materials used. The specifications of four construction systems were established by the E.A.G.M. members representing a significant majority of the European market of geosynthetic materials.

  1. Filtration
  2. Foundation stabilisation
  3. Landfill drainage layer
  4. Soil retaining wall

The study adheres to the ISO 14040 and 14044 Standards. A critical review is performed by a panel of three independent experts.

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2014-09 10th IGS Key-Note-Lecture LCA EAGM – English (PDF/2.6 MB)

2013-09 ISSMGE Paper LCA EAGM Case-4 – English (PDF/380 KB)

2013-09 ISSMGE Poster LCA EAGM Case 1 – English (PDF/300 KB)

2013-09 ISSMGE Paper LCA EAGM Case 1 – English (PDF/600 KB)

2013-04 Rencontres Géosynthétiques Paper LCA EAGM – French (PDF/1.3 MB)

2013-04 Rencontres Géosynthétiques Presentation LCA EAGM – French (PDF/2.3 MB)

2013-03 K-GEO Paper LCA EAGM – German (PDF/1.1 MB)

2013-03 K-GEO Presentation LCA EAGM – German (PDF/4.7 MB)

2012-10 Ground Engineering Paper LCA EAGM – English (PDF/2.3 MB)

2011-11 LCA Study EAGM – English (PDF/3.9 MB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Paper LCA EAGM General – English (PDF/120 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Presentation LCA EAGM General – English (PDF/850 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Paper LCA EAGM Case 1 – English (PDF/250 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Presentation LCA EAGM Case 1 – English (PDF/930 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Paper LCA EAGM Case 2 – English (PDF/140 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Presentation LCA EAGM Case 2 – English (PDF/770 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Paper LCA EAGM Case 3 – English (PDF/120 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Presentation LCA EAGM Case 3 – English (PDF/780 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Paper LCA EAGM Case 4 – English (PDF/110 KB)

2012-09 EUROGEO 5 Presentation LCA EAGM Case 4 – English (PDF/1.1 MB)

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