The path exchange method for hybrid LCA
AuthorLenzen, M; Crawford, RH
Source TitleEnvironmental Science and Technology (Washington)
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
University of Melbourne Author/sCrawford, Robert
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsLenzen, M. & Crawford, R. H. (2009). The path exchange method for hybrid LCA. Environmental Science & Technology, 43 (21), pp.8251-8256. https://doi.org/10.1021/es902090z.
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Hybrid techniques for Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) provide a way of combining the accuracy of process analysis and the completeness of input-output analysis. A number of methods have been suggested to implement a hybrid LCA in practice, with the main challenge being the integration of specific process data with an overarching input-output system. In this work we present a new hybrid LCA method which works at the finest input-output level of detail: structural paths. This new Path Exchange method avoids double-counting and system disturbance just as previous hybrid LCA methods, but instead of a large LCA database it requires only a minimum of external information on those structural paths that are to be represented by process data.
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