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[GreenYes] Which Types of Products are the Worst for the Environment?


Dear GreenYes colleagues,

The Journal of Industrial Ecology has recently published 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. The articles identify
high-impact product categories at the level of city (Cardiff), country
(Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands), and
continent (the European Union).

A review article from the special issue is available on the web at
<www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/jiec/10/3> for free download. 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.

Despite the immense differences in approaches, all studies derive the same
major priorities. 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 special issue is based on research prepared for the EU-funded project
<file://www.jrc.es/home/pages/detail.htm>Environmental Impacts of Products.
The project was led by Dutch research organizations TNO and CML and
provides an important basis for the EU's Integrated Product Policy.

For more information about this special issue, see <http://tinyurl.com/y4c8pe>
[please excuse any cross-postings, but do forward this announcement to
others that might be interested]

Sincerely,
Cheryl Myrup
Assistant editor,
Journal of Industrial Ecology

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Cheryl W. Myrup School of Forestry & Env. Studies
Assistant Editor Yale University
Journal of Industrial Ecology 205 Prospect Street
cheryl.myrup@no.address New Haven, CT 06511-2189 USA
http://mitpress.mit.edu/JIE
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Cheryl W. Myrup School of Forestry & Env. Studies
Assistant Editor Yale University
Journal of Industrial Ecology 205 Prospect Street
cheryl.myrup@no.address New Haven, CT 06511-2189 USA
http://mitpress.mit.edu/JIE

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