Last edited 15 Apr 2023


Redefining value, The manufacturing revolution, Remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse in the circular economy, published by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2018, suggests end-of-life (EOL): Refers to the point in the product or object’s service life at which the product or object is no longer able to function or perform as required, and for which there are no other options for the product but to be recycled or disposed into the environment.’

PAS 2080:2023 Carbon management in buildings and infrastructure, second edition, published by The British Standards Institution in March 2023, defines end of life as the: ‘…stage which begins when the asset has reached the end of its design life and is ready for refurbishment, retrofit, disposal, dismantling, etc., and ends when the asset is recycled, reused, recovered or returned to nature (combustion, deterioration) NOTE The process for setting study boundaries and assessing end-of-life emissions follows an appropriate standard or methodology, as described in Clause 7.’

See also:

Designing Buildings Anywhere

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