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Current day risk analysis practices traditionally include plant safety assessment and the related effects on the health of the workers and the public. This kind of analysis, however, usually fails to describe and take into account the direct and indirect effects of novel technology development on the natural and human ecosystem and its sustainability potential. This work presents the concept of ecological vulnerability analysis as an effective tool for a rigorous assessment of the interaction between industrial technology and the environment. The key issues associated with the effective implementation of this approach into specific process and energy industries are discussed and the relevant environmental risk indicators are described. Moreover, the steps required to integrate the results of this analysis into the design of novel technological systems under increased uncertainty are delineated. This approach to integrated environmental risk assessment may lead to the development of a new paradigm for industrial development.

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Authors: SARIGIANNIS D A, JRC Ispra (IT);VOLTA G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management, Crete (GR), June 24-28, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39783 ORA
Record Number: 199610719 / Last updated on: 1996-08-06
Original language: en
Available languages: en