Reference : Analysis of complementary methodologies to assess the environmental impact of Luxembo...
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Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
Engineering, computing & technology : Multidisciplinary, general & others
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/22873
Analysis of complementary methodologies to assess the environmental impact of Luxembourg’s net consumption
English
Jury, Colin [Public Research Center Henri Tudor (CRPHT) > Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies (CRTE)]
Rugani, Benedetto [Public Research Center Henri Tudor (CRPHT) > Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies (CRTE)]
Hild, Paula mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) > ; Public Research Center Henri Tudor (CRPHT) > Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies (CRTE)]
May, Morgane [Public Research Center Henri Tudor (CRPHT) > Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies (CRTE)]
Benetto, Enrico [Public Research Center Henri Tudor (CRPHT) > Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies (CRTE)]
Mar-2013
Environmental Science & Policy
Elsevier Science
27
68-80
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
1462-9011
[en] Ecological Footprint (EF) ; Environmentally Extended Input–Output (EEIO) ; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) ; Luxembourg country’s consumption ; ReCiPe ; Solar Energy Demand (SED)
[en] The choice of accounting methods and indicators to support national stakeholders and public authorities in environmental decision-making policies is made difficult by the extensive number of available tools and the general divergence of scientific opinions on their effectiveness. In this paper, a set of life cycle-based approaches are compared and a methodological framework is recommended to support policy makers in the evaluation and choice of environmental impact mitigation strategies. The net consumption (=production + imports exports) of Luxembourg, taken as a case study, is inventoried based on different Environmentally Extended Input–Output (EE-IO) scenarios and further assessed using the Ecological Footprint (EF), ReCiPe and Solar Energy Demand (SED). All the compartments of resources extraction and pollutant emissions and the main environmental impacts gener- ated by the Luxembourgish economic trade-offs are evaluated. Results highlight the need for higher consistency in the use of EE-IO tables mainly because of the uncertainty affecting the environmental extensions (EEs). This aspect plays a major role when applying different assessment methods and relevant changes in terms of overall environmental impact are observed according to different sets of resources and emissions inventoried. These changes, however, do not substantially influence the results at the level of single economic sector’s contribution. Regardless the consumption scenario and the indicator considered, the financial and banking sectors contribute to more than 40% to the total EF, SED and ReCiPe results. Strengths and weaknesses of each indicator are discussed, and direct and indirect contribution analyses by sector allowed outlining strategies for impact mitigation.
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/22873
10.1016/j.envsci.2012.11.014

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