Toward an information tool for integrated product policy: Requirements for data and computation

Reinout Heijungs*, Arjan De Koning, Sangwon Suh, Gjalt Huppes

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    Abstract

    Integrated product policy, according to the European Union, requires reliable data on the impact of consumer products along their life cycles. We argue that this necessarily requires the development of an information tool for hybrid analysis, combining aspects of life-cycle assessment and input-output analysis. A number of requirements in the development of such a hybrid information tool are identified, mainly concerning data and computational structure. For the former, some important points of attention are discussed, whereas for the latter, operational formulas are developed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-158
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Industrial Ecology
    Volume10
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

    Keywords

    • Computational structure
    • Decision support
    • Environmental policy
    • Hybrid analysis
    • Input-output analysis (IOA)
    • Life-cycle assessment (LCA)

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