Benefits and challenges of streamlined life-cycle assessment for SMEs - findings from case studies on climate change impacts

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dc.contributor.author Niemistö, Johanna
dc.contributor.author Myllyviita, Tanja
dc.contributor.author Judl, Jáchym
dc.contributor.author Holma, Anne
dc.contributor.author Sironen, Susanna
dc.contributor.author Mattila, Tuomas
dc.contributor.author Antikainen, Riina
dc.contributor.author Leskinen, Pekka
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-27T13:56:49Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-27
dc.identifier.citation Niemistö, J. et al. 2019. Benefits and challenges of streamlined life-cycle assessment for SMEs - findings from case studies on climate change impacts. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology 26 (7): 625-634. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504509.2019.1646344 fi
dc.identifier.issn 1350-4509
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307546
dc.description.abstract Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a substantial role in the economy and job creation, but they are a remarkable source of environmental impacts. SMEs often lack skills and resources to compile environmental impact assessments; Streamlined Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) can provide efficient tools for this. An application of streamlined LCA relying heavily on database data, LCA clinic, was developed and tested on 23 SMEs in Finland. The climate change impacts were mainly caused by the production of raw materials, electricity and heating, whereas packaging and transportation were not influential. A significant amount of emissions were indirect, i.e. caused by production of raw materials. Thus, decreasing emissions from raw material production or selecting raw materials with a smaller environmental load could be a more efficient way to decrease emissions than reducing direct emissions such as those from electricity use. Lack of data in the LCA-databases was considered a challenge. An access to regionally customised datasets is important for the implementation of LCA clinics. Company feedback indicated that LCA clinics were useful in climate-friendly product design and increased environmental awareness, but did not lead to immediate actions to reduce emissions because of inadequate investment capabilities. Company managers had limited possibilities to use the results in marketing as comparative assessments would require a full LCA. Many company managers were willing to pay a fee sufficient to cover the costs of an LCA clinic, but some considered that the costs should be covered by external funding sources. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology 26 (7): 625-634 fi
dc.subject life cycle assessment fi
dc.subject life cycle thinking fi
dc.subject small and medium-sized enterprises fi
dc.subject carbon footprint fi
dc.subject eco-design fi
dc.subject climate change fi
dc.title Benefits and challenges of streamlined life-cycle assessment for SMEs - findings from case studies on climate change impacts fi
dc.type Artikkeli lehdessä fi
dc.date.embargoedUntil 2020-08-01

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