Green paradox and the role of life cycle engineering

Shiva Abdoli*, Sami Kara, Michael Zwicky Hauschild

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Science-Based-Targets are introduced for companies to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions to stay within planetary boundaries. Climate policies are also introduced to reduce carbon emissions. There may be unintended consequences of such policies that lead to increasing a company's emissions. This is coined as green paradox and may cause carbon leakage, which is not well-addressed in Sectoral-Decarbonization Approach of Science-Based-Targets. This paper introduces an approach to systematically investigate green paradox phenomenon and its impact on achieving Science-Based-Targets by considering economic/environmental consequences of climate policies. The introduced approach allows policymakers to study economic/environmental dimensions of sustainable development in presence of green paradox.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Pages (from-to)159-164
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event27th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference (LCE2020) - Web conference, Grenoble, France
Duration: 13 May 202015 May 2020


Conference27th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference (LCE2020)
LocationWeb conference


  • Green paradox
  • Life Cycle impact assessment
  • Carbon leakage

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