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TRACI

Description of the TRACI Method

 

Description

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed an Impact Assessment methodology called TRACI, short for "Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts".

 

The aim is to assist in enabling Impact Assessment for sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, industrial ecology, process design and pollution prevention.

 

Within the TRACI methodology the impact categories were characterised at the midpoint level, including a higher level of societal agreement concerning the certainties of modelling at this point in the cause-effect chain. Research in the impact categories of acidification, smog formation, eutrophication, human health cancer, human health noncancer, human health criteria pollutants were developed specifically for US conditions by using the input data consistent with US locations. The impact categories used in the TRACI methodology are the following:

 

Ozone depletion, global warming, smog formation, acidification, eutrophication, human health cancer, human health noncancer, human health criteria pollutants, eco-toxicity, fossil fuel depletion, land use and water use.

 

The TRACI is primarily a midpoint approach. The methodology draws simple cause-effect chains to show the point at which each impact category is characterised.

 

The TRACI methodology reflect current state of developments, consistency with EPA regulations and policy as well as best-available practice for life-cycle impact assessment (LCIA) in the United States.

 

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Link TRACI: https://www.epa.gov/chemical-research/tool-reduction-and-assessment-chemicals-and-other-environmental-impacts-traci

 

Literature

 

[1]

Bare, J.C., G.A. Norris, D.W. Pennington, and T. McKone (2003)

TRACI: The Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts. Journal of Industrial Ecology 6(3), pp. 49-78.

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