Incentives for energy recovery in LCA for plastics
Research Project, 2020 – 2021

This project is a continuation of the project modelling of recycling that aimed to analyzing and debating how recycling should be modeled in life cycle assessment (LCA) and similar environmental assessments and contributing to international harmonization processes such as EU Environmental Footprint. In this project the aim is to increase the knowledge on whether results from LCA gives the wrong incentives, favoring energy recovery over material recycling for plastics. It also aims to increase knowledge about if this problem can be solved by the use of Factor B in the product environmental footprint (PEF) methodology and/or by applying a wider system perspective on energy recovery that includes imports of waste and the subsequent waste management in the exporting countries.


Tomas Ekvall (contact)

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Maria Rydberg

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, TME verksamhetsstöd


IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Stockholm, Sweden


Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Project ID: NV-08073-20
Funding Chalmers participation during 2020–2021

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