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Keywords:

  • environmental policy;
  • life-cycle assessment (LCA);
  • input-output analysis (IOA);
  • hybrid analysis;
  • computational structure;
  • decision support

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.