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Highest Priorities in Product Development Stewardship

These activities and product groups cause 70 to 80% of the total environmental impacts in society

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pollution from food car pollution home pollution So many options...so many choices to make. Where do we start? By pressing our own decisions up against some well-researched priorities can help us concentrate on pollution prevention and energy conservation that will make the greatest difference...first. Did you know...

"This special issue demonstrates the power of industrial ecology," says Reid Lifset, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. "Concepts and tools that lie at the core of this field, such as life-cycle assessment and input-output analysis, help us to gain a much better understanding of the relative importance of specific categories of consumption for the pressures on the environment."

The following activities and product groups cause 70 to 80% of the total environmental impacts in society:

  • Mobility: automobile and air transport
  • Food: meat and dairy, followed by other types of food; and
  • The home, and related energy use: buildings, and heating, cooling, and other energy using appliances

    Important reductions in environmental impacts thus can be reached by policies that target this limited group of product categories.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology recently published this list of product stewardship priorities in a special issue on Priorities for Environmental Product Policy. The issue provides rigorous and comprehensive insight into the life-cycle impacts of consumption -- what we buy and what we use -- on the environment.

A review article from the special issue is available on the web for free download at Priorities for Environmental Product Policy. More information about this issue is available at: Yale Journal identifies key products

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a peer-reviewed international quarterly published by MIT Press, owned by Yale University, and headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.



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