Implications of Material Flow Cost Accounting for Life Cycle Engineering

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This paper describes the basic idea of Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) and explores its usefulness for environmental and life cycle engineering. It argues that a better understanding and assessment of costs related to waste flows incentivizes engineers as well as managers to constantly increase resource and energy efficiency. The paper proceeds to explore MFCA beyond its current methodological limitations by highlighting its potential benefits for life cycle and carbon footprint assessments as well as its usefulness for assessing the financial and environmental consequences of material flow loops in production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlocalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing : Proceedings of the 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, May 2nd - 4th, 2011
EditorsJürgen Hesselbach, Christoph Herrmann
Number of pages5
Publication date2011
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-19691-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-19692-8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event3rd International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering - LCE 2011 - Braunschweig, Germany
Duration: 02.05.201104.05.2011
Conference number: 3