The Footprint of Things: A hybrid approach towards the collection, storage and distribution of life cycle inventory data

Guido Cornelis van Capelleveen, Johanna Pohl, Andreas Fritsch, Daniel Schien

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Abstract

Life cycle assessment is a well-established methodology for assessing the environmental impacts of products and services. Unfortunately, an essential part of this life cycle assessment method, col- lecting inventory data, is extremely time consuming. The quality of manually conducted LCA studies is often limited by uncertainty in the inventory data or narrow scope. Past attempts to overcome these challenges through automation of data collection utilizing the Internet of Things have relied on fully centralized architectures. The drawback of a central repository is the complex coordination between all involved actors in supply chains of products and services. This paper proposes an alternative hybrid approach combining a primary distributed system supplemented with a central repository reducing the need for coordination. This hybrid approach is named "the Footprint of Things". We present a system design that embeds the automatic reporting of life cycle inventory data, such as energy and material flows, into all product components involved in a service delivery. The major strength of our novel system design, among others, is its capacity for real-time and more precise impact calculation of ICT services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication ICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability
PublisherEasyChair
Pages350-364
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2018
Event5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability 2018 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 14 May 201818 May 2018
Conference number: 5
http://2018.ict4s.org/

Publication series

NameEPiC series in computing
Volume52

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability 2018
Abbreviated titleICT4S 2018
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period14/05/1818/05/18
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    van Capelleveen, G. C., Pohl, J., Fritsch, A., & Schien, D. (2018). The Footprint of Things: A hybrid approach towards the collection, storage and distribution of life cycle inventory data. In ICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability (pp. 350-364). (EPiC series in computing; Vol. 52). EasyChair. https://doi.org/10.29007/8pnj