Screening of how the organisation of life cycle nodes influences environmental impacts: A methodology
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

Environmentally effective governance requires avoiding sub-optimisation of product life cycles, and effective governance depends on addressing the nets of humans that organise these activities. This article combines these insights into a common approach. A test is performed of a quicker screening version of an existing approach to study how environmental performance depends on the organisation of the product life cycle nodes where environmentally important material flows meet. The test is conducted on five services and products: bowling, bread, coach services, concrete, and road management. Twenty-five different environmentally relevant practices are identified. The findings include: a case of maintenance routines not being reorganised until after a period of environmentally ineffective operation, a case of changing the supply methods due to difficulties in monitoring price fluctuations, and a case of contractors being unwilling to disclose environmentally-relevant information to their successors. The findings highlight that a screening approach can identify non-intuitive environmentally relevant organisational practices at life cycle nodes. Such findings can inform researchers about environmentally relevant aspects to consider, and they can inform managers and policymakers about strategic opportunities for and limitations on environmentally effective governance.

Socio-material

Screening

Organizing

Methodology

Life cycle asssessment

Node

Författare

Mathias Lindkvist

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Miljösystemanalys

Journal of Cleaner Production

0959-6526 (ISSN)

Vol. 204 461-470

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Ämneskategorier

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Miljöledning

Ekonomi och näringsliv

DOI

10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.044

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2018-11-15