Temporally-Resolved Life Cycle

Project Overview

The life cycle assessment of current products is now commonly done, but there is little hard literature to indicate whether today’s products are environmentally superior to those of the past.  In the first study of its type, MES student Yusuke Kakizawa and Professor Graedel examined Ford automobiles throughout the 20th Century and determined that modern vehicles are indeed the most environmentally responsible, but that the Model T of the 1920s was better in this regard than the sedan of the 1950s. 

Research Team:: 
Yusuke Kakizawa
Principal Investigators:: 
Thomas Graedel
Timeline:: 
1998-1999