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Product and Policy Life Cycle Inventories with Market Driven Demand: An Engine Selection Case Study

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This paper introduces consequential life cycle assesment with market driven demand (LCA-MDD) to permit endogenous estimation of economic effects that are important in evaluating the environmental characteristics of product and policy design options. While the derivation of a computational LCI-MDD framework is shown to be straightforward, a major challenge is appropriately managing and communicating the uncertainties. To better understand and explore these uncertainties, this paper develops a case study that estimates the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with selecting an engine for a mid-sized vehicle. A comparison is made between extrapolating a reference LCI model and employing LCI-MDD.

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  • Sustainable Design

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Grimes-Casey, H., Girata, C., Whitefoot, K., Keloeian, G.A., Winebrake, J.J., Skerlos, S.J. (2011). Product and Policy Life Cycle Inventories with Market Driven Demand: An Engine Selection Case Study. In: Hesselbach, J., Herrmann, C. (eds) Glocalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19692-8_97

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