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Calculating MIPS 2.0

Material Flows and Resource Management, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Döppersberg 19, Wuppertal 42103, Germany
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Resources 2013, 2(4), 581-607; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources2040581
Received: 2 August 2013 / Revised: 24 September 2013 / Accepted: 11 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
The Wuppertal Institute developed, in the early 1990s, an input-oriented lifecycle-wide resource accounting method, the “Material Input per Service-Unit” concept (MIPS), today also referred to as “Material Footprint”. The official handbook applicable to products, services, and processes describes a MS Excel-based sequential approach for calculating MIPS. Today’s computing power, available to every researcher, and access to software and databases dedicated to lifecycle analysis make calculating MIPS using matrix inversion possible. This also opens up possibilities for enhancing MIPS-models programmatically: parameterizing the foreground and background systems, batch modeling for producing time series, and computational algorithms enhancing interpretation. The article provides (1) an overview of the methods and tools used for calculating MIPS from its origins to today, and (2) demonstrates some of the programmatically enhanced capabilities offered to MIPS-practitioners. View Full-Text
Keywords: MIPS; lifecycle analysis; matrix computation; LCI algorithm MIPS; lifecycle analysis; matrix computation; LCI algorithm
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Saurat, M.; Ritthoff, M. Calculating MIPS 2.0. Resources 2013, 2, 581-607.

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