LKAB Minerals AB has issued Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for products MagnaDense 8s and 20s. The EPD shows the environmental impact of each product. To obtain this information, we conducted a thorough Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). An LCA covers our handling from mine to the finished product.
Very reliable data
Following the EPD report details specific data as requested in standard EN15804. A consultant assisted with reporting and calculating using the software Simapro and the Ecoinvent database. The consultant regarded LKAB data as very reliable, requiering a minimum of generic data.
The EPD is published on the website www.environdec.com, reviewed and approved by an external party. The calculated emissions are distributed equally on both products, MagnaDense 8s and 20s. The EPD is valid for five years if nothing that significantly impacts the result happens during this time.
The next step is to compare our material (heavy aggregates) with traditional standard aggregates in a specific project, starting with the European Spallation Source (ESS) project in Lund. The upcoming comparison will consider the number of materials and transports used for the construction and how differences impact the total emissions.
MagnaDense as radiation shielding
ESS is a cross-discipline research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. Not only are ESS one of the world’s most modern research facilities, but it is also one of the most sustainable and energy-smart research facilities. Therefore, the contractor, Skanska, has made many sustainable measures during construction, and one of them was to use MagnaDense as radiation shielding.
A consultant will then verify the results from the comparison before published. The results are used to highlight the advantages of using heavy aggregates for constructions. It will show that MagnaDense products can be used instead of traditional standard aggregates.