CUED Publications database

A new method to estimate the lifetime of long‐life product categories

Dunant, CF and Shah, T and Drewniok, MP and Craglia, M and Cullen, JM A new method to estimate the lifetime of long‐life product categories. Journal of Industrial Ecology. ISSN 1088-1980 (Unpublished)

Full text not available from this repository.


Increased recycling and reuse rates are a central part of the objectives laid out by the COP21. Nonetheless, the practical implementation of what has been called the circular economy, as well as its true potential are not easily established. This is because the impact and implementation time scales of any intervention depend on knowing the lifetime of products, which is frequently unknown. This is particularly true in construction, responsible for 39% of worldwide emissions, 11% of which are embodied. Most MFA models will simply assume a range of plausible life expectancies when bottom-up data is lacking (e.g. for buildings). In this work, we propose a novel method of identification using the high quality but highly aggregated trade data available, and use it to establish a “mortality curve” for buildings and other long-lasting products. This identification method is intended to provide more reliable inputs to existing MFA models. It is widely applicable due to the general availability of the underlying data. Using it on UK trade data, we identify product classes at 1 year for packaging/home scrap, one around 10 years for vehicles/equipment, and around 50 years for construction. The identification approach was then validated using classical approaches using bottom up data for vehicles.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Div E > Sustainable Manufacturing
Div D > Structures
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2020 20:02
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 22:18
DOI: 10.1111/jiec.13093