A conceptual framework for life cycle thinking in transitions toward sustainable waste management
2011 (English)In: Trends and Future of Sustainable Development: Book of Abstracts / [ed] Jenni Elo, Hanna Lakkala & Anna Linna, Turku, Finland: Uniprint , 2011, 33-33 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
As society continues its pursuit of sustainable development the importance of resourceefficiency and waste management has become increasingly recognised. As a consequence, a number ofEuropean policies implement the concept of life cycle thinking in order to reduce the negativeenvironmental impact of waste management systems. The benefit of life cycle thinking is that itsholistic perspective allows one to account for the environmental impacts or benefits of not only thewaste system but connected systems - such as energy and material production. However, the currentuse of life cycle thinking in long-term waste management strategy has been called into questionregarding its ability to facilitate a transition toward sustainable waste management.This paper presents a conceptual framework for the use of life cycle thinking as an element insustainability transitions. It draws on transition theory and the concept of conventional regimes(economics of conventions) in order to provide a new perspective on the relationship between life cyclethinking and sustainable waste management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turku, Finland: Uniprint , 2011. 33-33 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-72111ISBN: 978-952-249-118-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-72111DiVA: diva2:487198
13th International Conference 'Trends and Future of Sustainable Development'. Tampere, Finland 9-10 June 2011
QC 201204102012-01-312012-01-312016-06-22Bibliographically approved