The Proposal of an Environmental Break-Even Point as Assessment Method of Product-Service Systems for Circular Economy
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

In this paper we propose a method to assess technology-based product-service systems and help manufacturing companies in decision making with a new indicator: the environmental break-even point (e-BEP), equivalent to the economic indicator applied to environmental performance. A case study is presented to provide a concrete application of the indicator: when designing an optical sorter for electronic waste, the e-BEP revealed how many mobile phones must be either repurposed or recycled for the sorter to offset the system’s environmental impact. The e-BEP shows potential to make CEOs and production managers adopt a product life-cycle thinking in their technology investments.

mobile phones

WEEE

technology assessment

Break-even point

sorting

environmental performance

sustainability assessment

circular economy

Författare

Ilaria Giovanna Barletta

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Mélanie Despeisse

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Procedia CIRP

2212-8271 (ISSN)

Vol. 72 720-725

RESMAC - Repurposing Smartphone Capabilities

VINNOVA, 2017-11-01 -- 2018-08-31.

Kunskap och teknik för mer hållbar återvinning av elektronikskrot (WEEE ID)

VINNOVA, 2013-11-01 -- 2015-12-31.

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Styrkeområden

Produktion

Ämneskategorier

Byggproduktion

Annan naturresursteknik

Miljöledning

DOI

10.1016/j.procir.2018.03.257