Ambiguities in Decision-oriented Life Cycle Inventories: The Role of Mental Models and Values / Edition 1

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This book shows for the first time how mental models and values influence conclusions in the life cycle inventory step of LCA. One key finding is that different management rules for a sustainable use of materials must be taken into account for the attribution of material and energy flows to a product. Includes case studies on the modelling of recycling and other end-of-life options of aluminium windows and beech wood railway sleepers in LCA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402032530
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Series: Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science Series, #17
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The functionalistic perspective of LCA modelling and application - a foreword
1 Introduction 3
2 LCA as method and its modelling characteristics 27
3 Requirements of LCIs in product design-related decision-making 41
4 Introduction 85
5 Analysis of ISO 14041 for mental models and values 87
6 Allocation procedures for open-loop recycling 135
7 The decision-maker's mental models and values in inventory analysis 161
8 Introduction 167
9 Material and market characteristics of aluminium 169
10 Development of the value-corrected substitution for aluminium windows 181
11 Selected allocation procedures for comparison 199
12 Application in an LCA of aluminium windows 207
13 Methodological conclusions 229
14 Introduction 245
15 Material and market characteristics of wood 247
16 Sustainable wood flow management 259
17 Wood processing chain and attribution in LCA 269
18 Modelling end-of-life options of beech wood railway sleepers 275
19 Conclusions 325
20 Review of the theses 331
21 Consequences for LCA as a decision support tool 335
22 Consequences for a revision of ISO/EN 14041 339
23 Toward a group-model building process in LCA 347
24 Future research needs 365
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