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What life-cycle assessment does and does not do in assessments of waste management
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Göteborg, Sweden.
Industrial Ecology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
Environmental Strategies Research - FMS, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för byggnadskvalitet. (Teknisk Miljövetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5661-2917
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2007 (English)In: Waste Management, ISSN 0956-053X, E-ISSN 1879-2456, Vol. 27, no 8, p. 989-996Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In assessments of the environmental impacts of waste management, life-cycle assessment (LCA) helps expanding the perspective beyond the waste management system. This is important, since the indirect environmental impacts caused by surrounding systems, such as energy and material production, often override the direct impacts of the waste management system itself. However, the applicability of LCA for waste management planning and policy-making is restricted by certain limitations, some of which are characteristics inherent to LCA methodology as such, and some of which are relevant specifically in the context of waste management. Several of them are relevant also for other types of systems analysis. We have identified and discussed such characteristics with regard to how they may restrict the applicability of LCA in the context of waste management. Efforts to improve LCA with regard to these aspects are also described. We also identify what other tools are available for investigating issues that cannot be adequately dealt with by traditional LCA models, and discuss whether LCA methodology should be expanded rather than complemented by other tools to increase its scope and applicability.

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Elsevier , 2007. Vol. 27, no 8, p. 989-996
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environmental impact; life cycle analysis; policy making; waste management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5464DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2007.02.015ISI: 000247834400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34249728311OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5464DiVA, id: diva2:235549
Available from: 2009-10-13 Created: 2009-09-16 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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