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A Social Lifecycle Assessment Model for Sachet Water Production in Nigeria

Dunmade, I.S. and Onawumi, A.S. and Loto, C. A. and Oyawale, Fetus A (2016) A Social Lifecycle Assessment Model for Sachet Water Production in Nigeria. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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In the last two decades sachet water production and consumption has become an integral part of our consumption culture in Nigerian cities and towns. Its emergence and growth has some significant environmental and socio-economic implications. The aim of this study was to assess social impacts of sachet water production in Nigeria. This paper reports a Social Lifecycle Assessment Methodology developed to evaluate social effects of sachet water production on workers and on the local community where its production is taking place. The methodology is demonstrated with a case study on a Sachet Water brand production by a company in Sango-Ota. The social performance score of the sachet water production facility is 35.7% on workers and 50% on local community. The overall social performance is 42.3%. Results of the analysis revealed social benefits and community engagement as significant issues. The facility therefore needs to make significant improvement on a number of social aspects of its operations with regard to workers. These results provide valuable insight for those who seek to produce or purchase responsibly. The contributions made by this study include articulation of social indicators that are relevant to Nigeria, especially to sachet water production. This being the first reported sLCA study in our country, the developed sLCA model and the case study would provide a platform for future comprehensive sLCA study of a number of Nigerian products and economic activitie

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sustainability, lifecycle assessment, sachet water, sustainable development, impact assessment
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 14:58
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 14:58

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