Assistant professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden, University in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Toward an Information Tool for Integrated Product Policy: Requirements for Data and Computation
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2008
Journal of Industrial Ecology
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 147–158, July 2006
How to Cite
Heijungs, R., de Koning, A., Suh, S. and Huppes, G. (2006), Toward an Information Tool for Integrated Product Policy: Requirements for Data and Computation. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 10: 147–158. doi: 10.1162/jiec.2006.10.3.147
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2008
- environmental policy;
- life-cycle assessment (LCA);
- input-output analysis (IOA);
- hybrid analysis;
- computational structure;
- decision support
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.