Accounting for Resources, 1: Economy-Wide Applications of Mass-Balance Principles to Materials and Waste

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This innovative book presents new research on the increasingly important need to account for the use of resources, and the dispersion of waste materials. It considers resource accounting both at the process level and at the materials level, and in addition offers policy suggestions for waste and resource accounting. Accounting for Resources, I will be welcomed by environmental managers and scientists, economists, practitioners and government policy makers.
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Explains how principles and methods developed to track the flow of money in classical accounting can be applied to quantifying and measuring the flow of resources and the dispersion of waste materials, both at the process level and the materials level. After explaining industrial metabolism, focuses on systematically applying the mass- balance principle to estimate material losses at different stages of the production process. Takes as an example a cluster of industries related to chlorine. Also introduces Exergy, a common single measure for evaluating and comparing process or sectorial resource or waste flows between time periods, between sectors, and between regions and nations. Concludes with some policy recommendations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Donald G. Rogich
This is an important and impressive publication. Important, because it provides the most comprehensive examination of the physical workings of the industrial economy of the United States known to exist. Impressive, because it represents the efforts of only two individuals whose span of technical competence makes them truly unique. The book, which contains both general overview, and detailed technical chapters, has something for everyone with an interest in this subject... This book is a major contribution towards understanding what is required to bring our industrial economy into harmony with our environment.
Journal of Industrial Ecology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858986401
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 245

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Foreword: Accounting for risk
Preface: Why quantify?
1 Background: Industrial metabolism and materials flow analysis (MFA) 1
2 Agricultural industries 24
3 Forest industries 54
4 Extractive materials: Fuels 67
5 Extractive materials: Minerals and metals 88
6 Chemical industry material flows and wastes: Inorganic chemicals 117
7 Chemical industry material flows and wastes: Organic chemicals 154
8 Lost mass, wastes and toxic or hazardous emissions 176
9 Counting with dollars: From mass flow to input-output 197
References 227
Index 237
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