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Advisors: Dr. Nebyeleul Gessese
Copyright: Feb-2007
Date Added: 6-Nov-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The leather industry is composed of different production stages and it is characterized by using a large quantity of water and various types of chemicals .The wastes generated are categorized as a high polluting nature and usually are of solid and liquid types. Currently, except few tanneries in Ethiopia, the majorities are not aware of the environmental impacts associated with their activity. Even they are not willing to have treatment plant because of its cost for erection and running the plant. However, Elico- Gloving and Hide unit (EGHU) constructed the primary treatment plant at a cost of 8 million Birr .The plant is still functional and its running cost is around 550,000 Birr per annum. In addition to this the company is practicing on ISO-14001 .In this paper a study is performed at EGHU by implementing Life Cycle Assessment methodologies. Inventory analysis on the major inputs and out puts of the production processes in the skin tannery and impacts of the related activities are carried out. Based on the adapted impact assessment method the major problems of EGHU are identified. The possible improvement options for the existing problems are suggested. The research result shows that the implementation of the suggested improvement options will have significant benefit for the factory and for the environment. Since practicing on LCA in Ethiopia is at the infant stage, this thesis may serve as source of information to tanneries and other industries on the LCA methodology and on the existing environmental problems of the leather industry.
Description: A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment of requirement for the Degree of Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1613
Appears in:Thesis - Environmental Engineering

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