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How coordinated sectoral responses to environmental policy increase the availability of product life cycle data

Jordan, ND; (2021) How coordinated sectoral responses to environmental policy increase the availability of product life cycle data. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 10.1007/s11367-021-01873-6. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Product Carbon Footprints (PCFs) have a significant potential for contributing to consumption-based approaches to climate change. This paper provides an important building block towards a theoretical model of the factors accounting for variations in the availability of life cycle data across countries. It does so by positing a mechanism linking industry associations’ institutional role within environmental policy processes to the availability of product life data and by empirically validating it. Methods Interviews, qualitative document analysis, web scraping, quantitative text analysis, set-theoretical causal reasoning, and process tracing. Results and discussion Environmental policies that stipulate industry-government deliberations and assign a coordinating or mediating role to industry peak associations can stimulate the exchange of environmental information among industrial sectors. The policy instruments of determination of ‘best available techniques’ (BAT) towards standard setting, negotiated collective agreements and carbon pricing all contribute towards the institutionalisation of organised information exchange within industry. This lowers transaction costs for the monitoring, reporting and verification of sectoral environmental data and can thus be conducive to the creation of sectoral life cycle assessment data, with positive knock-on effects on the availability of firm- and product-specific LCA labels. Conclusions Industry associations’ institutional role within environmental policy processes can partially explain cross-national variations in the availability of product life cycle inventories.

Type: Article
Title: How coordinated sectoral responses to environmental policy increase the availability of product life cycle data
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11367-021-01873-6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-021-01873-6
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121381
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