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Total cost as suitable indicator in realization of more sustainable product life cycles regarding utilization of natural abiotic resources
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences. (Miljövetenskap och miljöteknik)
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Sustainable Development, ISSN 0960-1406, E-ISSN 1741-5268, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 36-59Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A total cost accounting approach was used to analyse the suitability of copper and aluminium as winding material for transformers with respect to sustainability, using available data from the Ecoinvent database. It could be concluded that repeated recycling of metal is a necessary requisite to obtain product element life cycles exhibiting a high degree of sustainability. Using cost data for energy and materials and reasonable assumptions about costs for labour and interest for the metal supplier and the product manufacturer, the copper alternative turns out to be the better choice, especially when the expected increase in the prices of energy, copper, and aluminium during life cycle is taken into account.

From the study it could be concluded that the total cost accounting approach would be a valuable tool for assessing the degree of sustainability of a product life cycle, in particular, regarding use of natural abiotic resources such as metals.

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Toronto: Canadian Center of Science and Education , 2010. Vol. 3, no 3, p. 36-59
Keywords [en]
Hållbar utveckling, produktdesign, LCA, LCC
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Other Environmental Engineering
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Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-6415OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-6415DiVA, id: diva2:325917
Available from: 2010-06-21 Created: 2010-06-21 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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