Current environmental policy initiatives strive to achieve a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gas (GHG). Different strategies can be applied to achieve this goal. Significant greenhouse gas emissions arise during the production of materials and materials waste handling. These emissions can be reduced by changing the quality and quantity of material flows in our economy (called "materials strategies"). Partly because of methodological problems, these emission reduction strategies have not yet been analysed properly. A new model is developed for the analysis of materials strategies. This approach is applied for the Netherlands and for western Europe.
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Dolf Jean Gielen
Delft University of Technology
Han Brezet and Margot Weijnen