Allocation solutions for secondary material production and end of life recovery: Proposals for product policy initiatives

Abstract: 

This paper aims at analysing how secondary materials production and end of life recovery processes are modelled in life cycle-based environmental assessment methods in order to discuss their suitability in product policy-support contexts, with a focus on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) policies. The equations prescribed in three published, widely-recognised standards are evaluated. In addition, more recent modelling approaches that have been adopted in the context of two EU product policy initiatives (the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Resource Efficiency Assessment of Products (REAPro)) are similarly analysed. All of the methods are scrutinised against eight criteria which we deem to be important in product policy-support contexts, including comprehensiveness, accommodation of Open-loop and Closed-loop product systems, and consideration of recyclability/recoverability rates, to name a few. Based on this analysis, it is suggested that the PEF and REAPro modelling approaches appear to be better suited for use in product policy-support contexts than do the currently widely-endorsed methods that we considered.

Authors
Authors: 
PELLETIER Nathaniel, ALLACKER Karen Josee, DE CAMILLIS Camillo, MATHIEUX Fabrice, PANT Rana, ARDENTE Fulvio, MANFREDI Simone
Publication Year
Publication Year: 
2014
Type

Type:

Appears in Collections
Appears in Collections: 
Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Science Areas
JRC Institutes
IES
Publisher
Publisher: 
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
ISSN
ISSN: 
0921-3449
Citation
Citation: 
RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING p. 1-12 vol. 88