Toward an Information Tool for Integrated Product Policy: Requirements for Data and Computation

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  • Reinout Heijungs,

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      Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands <heijungs@cml.leidenuniv.nl>, <http:www.leidenuniv.nlcmlssp>
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    • Assistant professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden, University in Leiden, the Netherlands.

  • Arjan de Koning,

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    • Researcher, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden, University in Leiden, the Netherlands.

  • Sangwon Suh,

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    • Assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, USA, and an adjunct research fellow at CML.

  • Gjalt Huppes

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    • Head of the Industrial Ecology Department and associate professor of environmental system sciences, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden, University in Leiden, the Netherlands.


Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands <heijungs@cml.leidenuniv.nl>, <http:www.leidenuniv.nlcmlssp>

Summary

Integrated product policy, according to the European Union, requires reliable data on the impact of consumer products along their life cycles. We argue that this necessarily requires the development of an information tool for hybrid analysis, combining aspects of life-cycle assessment and input-output analysis. A number of requirements in the development of such a hybrid information tool are identified, mainly concerning data and computational structure. For the former, some important points of attention are discussed, whereas for the latter, operational formulas are developed.

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