Int J Life Cycle Assess (2017) 22:1441–1458 DOI 10.1007/s11367-016-1244-0 POLICIES AND SUPPORT IN RELATION TO LCA The search for an appropriate end-of-life formula for the purpose of the European Commission Environmental Footprint initiative 1,2 1 1 1 Karen Allacker & Fabrice Mathieux & David Pennington & Rana Pant Received: 28 April 2015 /Accepted: 28 November 2016 /Published online: 3 January 2017 The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com Abstract set of criteria is physical realism, distribution of burdens Purpose This paper explains in details the rationale be- and benefits in a product cascade system and applicability. hind thechoiceoftheend-of-lifeallocation approach in Besides the qualitative analysis, the various formulas were the European Commission Product Environmental implemented for several products and for different scenar- Footprint (PEF) and Organisational Environmental ios regarding recycled content and recyclability to check Footprint (OEF) methods. The end-of-life allocation for- the robustness of the outcomes, exemplary expressed for mula in the PEF/OEF methods aims at enabling the as- the Global Warming Potential impact category. sessment of all end-of-life scenarios possible, including Results and discussion As reaching physical realism was recycling, reuse, incineration (with heat recovery) and dis- impossible at both the product and
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Published: Jan 3, 2017
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