Stakeholder Consultation: What do Decision Makers in Public Policy and Industry Want to Know Regarding Abiotic Resource Use?
There is no agreement on what the issue of concern is regarding resource use. A stakeholder consultation was carried out in order to clarify this issue. The objective was to identify decision contexts in which stakeholders would use an indicator related to resource use, and what such indicator should express. Industry representatives were interested in the short term economic consequences of depleting resources whereas policy makers were more concerned with the robustness and reliability of the indicator over a longer time horizon. Some of the aspects the indicator should cover include availability, effort increase, substitution, and societal value. The stakeholder consultation resulted in the selection of three indicators for mineral resources and two for fossil using different time horizons; the short term perspective prioritises political constraints, the midterm focuses on the increase in effort while the long term focuses on overall availability.
KeywordsLife Cycle Assessment Life Cycle Impact Assessment Resource Depletion Decision Context Life Cycle Assess
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