ABSTRACT

Canada is behind in the effort to curb carbon emissions: it ranks 15th out of 17 for greenhouse gas per capita emissions out of all OECD countries (OECD Environment Directorate, 2008). A portion of carbon emissions relate to production and consumption of goods. In the marketplace, there are innovations in assessment of consumer goods that could allow the widespread comparison of carbon impacts at the product-­‐level. It is unclear which drivers will be the dominant factors that influence the future use of carbon life‐cycle assessment of products (CLCA). The foresight process known as "Cone of Plausibility" is used and enhanced to manipulate important drivers which create four scenarios for CLCA in Canada over the next 10 years. This study provides scenarios for business, government and research institutions attempting to innovate in the retail space to test out their strategies and to evaluate if they are salient in each scenario.  

The future of carbon information
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Future of Carbon Information: About Consumer Products

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Tuesday August 12th, 2014
The future of carbon information

ABSTRACT

Canada is behind in the effort to curb carbon emissions: it ranks 15th out of 17 for greenhouse gas per capita emissions out of all OECD countries (OECD Environment Directorate, 2008). A portion of carbon emissions relate to production and consumption of goods. In the marketplace, there are innovations in assessment of consumer goods that could allow the widespread comparison of carbon impacts at the product-­‐level. It is unclear which drivers will be the dominant factors that influence the future use of carbon life‐cycle assessment of products (CLCA). The foresight process known as "Cone of Plausibility" is used and enhanced to manipulate important drivers which create four scenarios for CLCA in Canada over the next 10 years. This study provides scenarios for business, government and research institutions attempting to innovate in the retail space to test out their strategies and to evaluate if they are salient in each scenario.  

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