Lessons Learned from Conducting a Company-level, Downstream MFA
Paper in proceeding, 2013

Material Flow Analysis (MFA) has been widely used to assess national and regional material flows. The use of MFA at the organizational level is less established. This paper presents research that uses MFA to examine the end-of-use (EoU) product management for an international steel component manufacturer and offers lessons learned from the process. It is found that MFA is useful for mapping product flows and material losses. Also, dividing the initial product flow into sub-flows helps indicate feasibility of improved company-level EoU product management. Finally, results indicate that some material losses can be delayed while others can be avoided altogether.

Material flow analysis


product end-of-use management


Derek Diener

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Anne-Marie Tillman

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Steve Harris

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Nee, Andrew Y C, Song, Bin, Ong, Soh-Khim (Eds). Re-engineering Manufacturing for Sustainability. Proceedings of the 20th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Singapore 17-19 April, 2013.

Vol. 2013 pp 559-564
978-981-4451-47-5 (ISBN)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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Other Environmental Engineering

Environmental Management

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology





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