A framework for actualising normalisation data in LCA: Experiences in the Netherlands

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Abstract

In LCA, normalisation is applied to quantify the relative size of the impact scores. Several sets of normalisation data exist in the Netherlands, which all have a certain degree of unreliability. The purpose of this study is to actualise Dutch normalisation data and to make a framework for deriving these data. In this study normalisation data are calculated for three different levels in order to give the LCA practitioner a more extended basis for preparing the interpretation process. The first level of normalisation contains all impacts relating to activities that take place within the Dutch territory. The second level is based on the Dutch final consumption, which means that import and export are taken into account. The third level is an attempt to estimate impacts in Europe based on European data if possible, and otherwise based on extrapolation from the Dutch situation.