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Main Title: Integrated method to assess resource efficiency – ESSENZ
Author(s): Bach, Vanessa
Berger, Markus
Henßler, Martin
Kirchner, Martin
Leiser, Stefan
Mohr, Lisa
Rother, Elmar
Ruhland, Klaus
Schneider, Laura
Ladji, Tikana
Volkhausen, Wolfgang
Walachowicz, Frank
Finkbeiner, Matthias
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Is Part Of: 10.14279/depositonce-7214
Abstract: With increasing demand of abiotic resources also the pollution of natural resources like water and soil has risen in the last decades due to global industrial and technological development. Thus, enhancing resource efficiency is a key goal of national and international strategies. For a comprehensive assessment of all related impacts of resource extraction and use all three sustainability dimensions have to be taken into account: economic, environmental and social aspects. Furthermore, to avoid burden shifting life cycle based methods should be applied. As companies need operational tools and approaches, a comprehensive method has been developed to measure resource efficiency of products, processes and services in the context of sustainable development (ESSENZ). Overall 21 categories are established to measure impacts on the environment, physical and socio-economic availability of the used resources as well as their societal acceptance. For the categories socio-economic availability and societal acceptance new approaches are developed and characterization factors are provided for a portfolio of 36 metals and four fossil raw materials. The introduced approach has been tested on several case studies, demonstrating that it enhances the applicability of resource efficiency to assess product systems significantly by providing an overall framework that can be adopted across sectors, using indicators and methods which are applicable and can be integrated into existing life cycle assessment based schemes.
Issue Date: 2016
Date Available: 14-Jun-2019
DDC Class: 628 Sanitär- und Kommunaltechnik; Umwelttechnik
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
Subject(s): resource efficiency
life cycle assessment
resource availability
supply chain
Sponsor/Funder: BMBF, 033R094A-F, r³ - Strategische Metalle, Verbundvorhaben: Integrierte Methode zur ganzheitlichen Berechnung/Messung von Ressourceneffizienz - ESSENZ
Journal Title: Journal of cleaner production
Publisher: Elsevier
Publisher Place: Amsterdam
Volume: 137
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.077
Page Start: 118
Page End: 130
ISSN: 0959-6526
Appears in Collections:FG Technischer Umweltschutz / Sustainable Engineering » Publications

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