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Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science
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Ambiguities in Decision-oriented Life Cycle Inventories

The Role of Mental Models and Values

Authors: Werner, Frank

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About this book

In an environmental life cycle assessment of products (LCA), an unambiguous, scientifically based, ‘objective’ attribution of material and energy flows to a product is pure fiction. This is due to the fundamental epistemological conditions of LCA as a modelling process under the complexity of our socio-economic system. Instead, various mental models and values guide this attribution. This leads to a functional model in a specific decision situation.

This book shows for the first time how mental models and values influence this attribution in the life cycle inventory step of LCA. One of the key findings is that the 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. Otherwise, improvement options recommended by an LCA might turn out to even worsen the environmental situation if reassessed from a meta-perspective.

As a consequence of this book, the claim of unambiguitiy (‘objectivity’) of the life cycle inventory must be abandoned. A group-model building process for LCA is developed that allows one to grasp the decision makers' mental models and values in the inventory analysis on a case- and situation-specific basis. Only by this, LCA results will become relevant in a decision-making process.

Two case studies on the modelling of recycling and other end-of-life options of aluminium windows and beech wood railway sleepers in LCA complement the methodological part.

This book is a ‘must have’ for researchers, consultants and practitioners in the fields of decision-oriented life cycle assessment as well as product-related environmental management, modelling and decision-making.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-24

  • LCA as Method and its Modelling Characteristics

    Pages 27-39

  • Requirements of LCIs in Product Design-Related Decision-Making

    Pages 41-82

  • Introduction

    Pages 85-85

  • Analysis of ISO 14041 for Mental Models and Values

    Pages 87-133

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eBook $189.00
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Hardcover $249.99
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Softcover $249.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ambiguities in Decision-oriented Life Cycle Inventories
Book Subtitle
The Role of Mental Models and Values
Authors
Series Title
Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3254-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3254-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3253-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6824-8
Series ISSN
1389-6970
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 400
Number of Illustrations
100 b/w illustrations
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