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Main Title: Assessing the Ability of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program to Reliably Determine the Environmental Performance of Products
Author(s): Bach, Vanessa
Minkov, Nikolay
Finkbeiner, Matthias
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Concepts and tools supporting the design of environmentally friendly products (including materials, goods or services) have increased over the last years. The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program (C2CP) is one of these approaches. In this work, the ability of C2CP to reliably determine the environmental performance of products was analyzed through the application of a criteria-based assessment scheme. Additionally, to compare C2CP with three other already established tools (life cycle assessment, product environmental footprint and material flow analysis), the same criteria-based scheme was applied. Results show that C2CP is not scientifically reliable enough to assure that certified products actually have a good environmental performance. The most relevant shortcoming of C2CP relates to its limited assessment scope, due to the fact that neither the entire life cycle of the product nor all relevant environmental impacts are covered. Based on already established tools and their practical implementation recommendations for increasing the reliability of C2CP are provided.
Issue Date: 14-May-2018
Date Available: 27-Aug-2019
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
Subject(s): cradle to cradle
life cycle assessment
product environmental footprint
material flow analysis
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher Place: Basel
Volume: 10
Issue: 5
Article Number: 1562
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su10051562
EISSN: 2071-1050
Appears in Collections:FG Technischer Umweltschutz / Sustainable Engineering » Publications

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