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Resources 2016, 5(1), 16; doi:10.3390/resources5010016

The Abiotic Depletion Potential: Background, Updates, and Future

Faculty of Science Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML)—Department of Industrial Ecology, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9518, Leiden 2300, RA, The Netherlands
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Damien Giurco and Mario Schmidt
Received: 17 December 2015 / Revised: 22 February 2016 / Accepted: 23 February 2016 / Published: 2 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Consideration of Abiotic Natural Resources in Life Cycle Assessments)
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Abstract

Depletion of abiotic resources is a much disputed impact category in life cycle assessment (LCA). The reason is that the problem can be defined in different ways. Furthermore, within a specified problem definition, many choices can still be made regarding which parameters to include in the characterization model and which data to use. This article gives an overview of the problem definition and the choices that have been made when defining the abiotic depletion potentials (ADPs) for a characterization model for abiotic resource depletion in LCA. Updates of the ADPs since 2002 are also briefly discussed. Finally, some possible new developments of the impact category of abiotic resource depletion are suggested, such as redefining the depletion problem as a dilution problem. This means taking the reserves in the environment and the economy into account in the reserve parameter and using leakage from the economy, instead of extraction rate, as a dilution parameter. View Full-Text
Keywords: ADP; abiotic depletion potential; life cycle assessment; abiotic natural resources; elements; minerals; resource availability; scarcity; criticality; reserves ADP; abiotic depletion potential; life cycle assessment; abiotic natural resources; elements; minerals; resource availability; scarcity; criticality; reserves
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van Oers, L.; Guinée, J. The Abiotic Depletion Potential: Background, Updates, and Future. Resources 2016, 5, 16.

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