The link between data choices and reality in life cycle assessment modelling of waste management technologies

Conference Dates

June 5-10, 2016


Environmental models, e.g. life cycle assessment (LCA), are widely used to support decision-making. A model is a way to try and reproduce reality, it is therefore important to consider the reliability and usefulness of this representation of reality. In an assessment it is therefore important to consider the influence by the representativeness of the input data and the model itself, as this will control how wide or narrow the result interpretation can become.

There are specific challenges for LCA of waste management systems related to the collection of representative data. Site-specific conditions affect the quality of the waste and the waste composition due to local waste separation and collection schemes, why there is a high need for site-specific data.

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