Moral Philosophy, Economics, and Life Cycle Inventory Analysis

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  • 2000-01-1479

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  • 2000-04-26
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Ekvall, T., "Moral Philosophy, Economics, and Life Cycle Inventory Analysis," SAE Technical Paper 2000-01-1479, 2000, https://doi.org/10.4271/2000-01-1479.
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Abstract:
The choice of system boundaries, allocation methods and data sources in a life cycle inventory analysis (LCI) depends on basic, ethical views. From the viewpoint of teleological situation ethics, an effect-oriented LCI - with system expansions and marginal data - provides relevant information. From the viewpoint of rule ethics, the methodological choices depend on what rules are considered to be good.In an effect-oriented LCI, the starting point for an assessment of the environmental consequences of actions should be the specific action at hand or the foreground system. A radically effect-oriented LCI probably requires the co-operation between economists and engineers.
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