Updated indicators of Swedish national human toxicity and ecotoxicity footprints using USEtox 2.01
Journal article, 2017

In a recent paper, Sörme et al. (Environ. Impact Assess. Rev., 56, 2016), took a first step towards an indicator of a national chemical footprint, and applied it to Sweden. Using USEtox 1.01, they calculated national impact potentials for human toxicity and ecotoxicity. The results showed that zinc dominated impacts, both for human toxicity and ecotoxicity. We calculated updated indicators of the Swedish national human toxicity and ecotoxicity footprint using USEtox 2.01. We also compared impact potentials based on USEtox with the mass of chemical emissions. The two model versions produced relatively consistent results. Zinc is still a major contributor to the human toxicity and ecotoxicity impact potentials when characterized with USEtox 2.01. The mass-based indicator pinpoints somewhat different substances than the impact-based indicators.

E-PRTR

USEtox

Human toxicity

Chemical footprint

Ecotoxicity

Zinc

Author

Maria Nordborg

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Rickard Arvidsson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Göran Finnveden

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Christel Cederberg

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Louise Sörme

Statistics Sweden

Viveka Palm

Statistics Sweden

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Kristin Stamyr

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Sverker Molander

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Environmental Impact Assessment Review

0195-9255 (ISSN)

Vol. 62 110-114

Subject Categories

Environmental Sciences

DOI

10.1016/j.eiar.2016.08.004