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Analysing impacts of product life extension through material flow analysis: the case of EEE and paper

DOMENECH APARISI, TA; VAN EWIJK, S; (2015) Analysing impacts of product life extension through material flow analysis: the case of EEE and paper. In: COOPER, T and BRAITHWAITE, N and MORENO, M and SALVIA, G, (eds.) Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) Conference proceeding. (pp. pp. 99-106). Nottingham Trent University: Nottingham, United Kingdom. Gold open access

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Abstract

Material consumption is an important driver for environmental pollution. Total material throughput can be reduced through the extension of product life. The paper suggests Material Flow Analysis (MFA) as a method to assess the potential material throughput reductions due to increased product longevity. The method is applied to the case of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and paper products. The paper first collates data from different sources to give an overview of material inputs and outputs for both material/product categories in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, it reviews the literature for a selection of interventions and calculates the potential savings in the total material throughput. For EEE, the analysis emphasises the issue of optimal life times that need to balance the impact generated in the production phase and during the use of the product. For paper, a key issue is the practical limitations on reusing a material that is easily damaged and worn. It is concluded that there is considerable potential for MFA in estimating the impacts of product life extension on material through put although limitations in data availability and quality are acknowledged.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Analysing impacts of product life extension through material flow analysis: the case of EEE and paper
Event: Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) Conference proceedings, Nottingham, 17-19 June 2015. Nottingham: CADBE, Nottingham Trent University
Location: Nottingham
Dates: 17 June 2015 - 19 June 2015
Open access status: An open access publication
Publisher version: http://www.plateconference.org/analysing-impacts-p...
Language: English
Additional information: © CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Keywords: Material flow analysis, WEEE, paper flows, extension of product life, policy interventions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
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/1528817
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