The large-scale adoption of new surface engineering technologies has high potential to create enhanced processes and components with extended lifetimes. This will provide benefits to the environment, but will also create additional challenges such as the recovery of metals.
Green SEAM will develop innovative surface engineering solutions that maximize environmental benefits and minimize adverse impacts using integrated Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to estimate the environmental performance of surface engineering technologies at an early development stage, and to orient the efforts toward more sustainable solutions. Network membership will develop the appropriate LCA-based tools to address the methodological issues and propose a relevant framework for the environmental assessment of new coating technologies at an early stage of development.
The new LCA knowledge will be transferred to all the Network’s participants through incorporation in PhD theses, training seminars and workshops with a long-term objective in mind: To provide Canada with a new generation of cross-trained HQPs in surface engineering and environmental sustainability.
5.1 Advancing the Life Cycle Assessment Methodology to Guide the Development of Sustainable Surface Engineering Innovative Solutions