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Material Stock Demographics: Cars in Great Britain

Gonzalez Cabrera Honorio Serrenho, A and Allwood, JM (2016) Material Stock Demographics: Cars in Great Britain. Environmental Science & Technology, 50. pp. 3002-3009.

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Recent literature on material flow analysis has been focused on quantitative characterization of past material flows. Fewer analyses exist on past and prospective quantification of stocks of materials in-use. Some of these analyses explore the composition of products’ stocks, but a focus on the characterization of material stocks and its relation with service delivery is often neglected. We propose the use of the methods of human demography to characterize material stocks, defined herein as stock demographics, exploring the insights that this approach could provide for the sustainable management of materials. We exemplify an application of stock demographics by characterizing the composition and service delivery of iron, steel, and aluminum stocks of cars in Great Britain, 2002–2012. The results show that in this period the stock has become heavier, it is traveling less, and it is idle for more time. The visualization of material stocks’ dynamics demonstrates the pace of product replacement as a function of its usefulness and enables the formulation of policy interventions and the exploration of future trends.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: material stocks service delivery material flow analysis demography
Divisions: Div D > Structures
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:58
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 06:46
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05012