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08.09.2017 | LCI METHODOLOGY AND DATABASES | Ausgabe 8/2018

The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 8/2018

Identifying marginal suppliers of construction materials: consistent modeling and sensitivity analysis on a Belgian case

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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment > Ausgabe 8/2018
Autoren:
Matthias Buyle, Massimo Pizzol, Amaryllis Audenaert
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Responsible editor: Yi Yang

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The online version of this article (https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s11367-017-1389-5) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Abstract

Purpose

The identification of marginal suppliers is a key element of consequential LCA. This study investigates how systematically the identification of marginal suppliers can be performed across different products, while maintaining consistent modeling choices. Some products relevant for the Belgian construction sector are taken as a case study.

Methods

To gain insight in the current practice of identifying marginal suppliers, 30 recent studies have been reviewed. Based on the findings of the review, a method was proposed to identify geographical market boundaries from trade data and sensitive suppliers from production data. Both retrospective and prospective approaches to anticipate the future effect of a change in demand were taken into account. The method was applied to compute both a retrospective and a prospective marginal supplier’s mix per product. Finally, the effect of the modeling choices on the size of geographical market boundaries and marginal mixes was estimated via regression analysis.

Results and discussion

The forecasts and marginal mixes obtained matched with those from the existing literature, although clear differences in results are observed between the retrospective and prospective approach. Deviations from default assumptions in LCA were observed as well, such as large regional geographical markets for cement and aggregates instead of local ones. The statistical sensitivity analysis showed that identifying geographical market boundaries has the largest effect on the final marginal mix and that these markets are relative stable over time.

Conclusions

The proposed method and corresponding sensitivity analysis is an attempt to gain insight into the effect of modeling choices in the context of the identification of marginal suppliers for consequential LCA. It can in principle be applied to any product for which trade and production data are available. The proposed method helps to identify marginal mixes on a consistent and transparent way, to improve the robustness of the results in future consequential LCAs.

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