DF 54 — Ecological Scarcity 2013 – New features and its application in industry and administration.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, Ittigen-Berne (in English).
Distance to target methods are one of the main families of life cycle impact assessment methods. They are based on politically and legally defined environmental goals. The ecological scarcity approach, first introduced in 1990, has evolved to an important pillar of environmental policy in administration and industry. Today, the 4th generation ecological scarcity method, applied on Switzerland is being launched.
In a first session, the application of ecological scarcity approach and its benefits for administration and industry are highlighted.
In a second session the main elements of the 4th generation ecological scarcity method 2013 are presented. New elements of the method comprise among others abiotic resources, land use world-wide, noise, and a new approach to assess nuclear waste. Abiotic resources are assessed using consistently updated scarcity figures. Land use impact factors are now available for land occupation in 14 biomes worldwide addressing biodiversity impacts on flora and fauna. Noise impacts of road, rail and air traffic are assessed using a harmonised European approach. Nuclear wastes are characterised according to their radio toxicity.
The results of practical applications (e.g., LCA of paper, packaging, glasses and company LCAs) using the new ecofactors will be presented in the afternoon.
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