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Climate Benefits of Material Recycling: Inventory of Average Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Denmark, Norway and Sweden
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The purpose of this project is to compare emissions of greenhouse gases from material recycling with those from virgin material production, both from a material supply perspective and from a recycling system perspective. The method for estimating emissions and climate benefits is based on a review, followed by a selection, of the most relevant publications on life cycle assessment (LCA) of materials for use in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The proposed averages show that emissions from material recycling are lower in both perspectives, comparing either material supply or complete recycling systems. The results can be used by companies and industry associations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden to communicate the current climate benefits of material recycling in general. They may also contribute to discussions on a societal level, as long as their average and historic nature is recognised.

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Copenhagen: Nordisk Ministerråd, 2015. , 84 p.
TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692 ; 2015:547
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Environmental Sciences
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Environment; Climate; Sustainable development; Green growth; Energy
URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3965DOI: 10.6027/TN2015-547ISBN: 978-92-893-4217-9ISBN: 978-92-893-4218-6ISBN: 978-92-893-4219-3OAI: diva2:839864
Available from: 2015-07-06 Created: 2015-07-06 Last updated: 2016-09-19

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