Sharing the safe operating space: Exploring ethical allocation principles to operationalize the planetary boundaries and assess absolute sustainability at individual and industrial sector levels

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Sharing the safe operating space : Exploring ethical allocation principles to operationalize the planetary boundaries and assess absolute sustainability at individual and industrial sector levels. / Hjalsted, Anjila Wegge; Laurent, Alexis; Andersen, Martin Marchman; Olsen, Karen Holm; Ryberg, Morten ; Hauschild, Michael.

In: Journal of Industrial Ecology, 27.08.2020.

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Hjalsted, AW, Laurent, A, Andersen, MM, Olsen, KH, Ryberg, M & Hauschild, M 2020, 'Sharing the safe operating space: Exploring ethical allocation principles to operationalize the planetary boundaries and assess absolute sustainability at individual and industrial sector levels', Journal of Industrial Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13050

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Hjalsted, A. W., Laurent, A., Andersen, M. M., Olsen, K. H., Ryberg, M., & Hauschild, M. (2020). Sharing the safe operating space: Exploring ethical allocation principles to operationalize the planetary boundaries and assess absolute sustainability at individual and industrial sector levels. Journal of Industrial Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13050

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Hjalsted AW, Laurent A, Andersen MM, Olsen KH, Ryberg M, Hauschild M. Sharing the safe operating space: Exploring ethical allocation principles to operationalize the planetary boundaries and assess absolute sustainability at individual and industrial sector levels. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 2020 Aug 27. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13050

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Hjalsted, Anjila Wegge ; Laurent, Alexis ; Andersen, Martin Marchman ; Olsen, Karen Holm ; Ryberg, Morten ; Hauschild, Michael. / Sharing the safe operating space : Exploring ethical allocation principles to operationalize the planetary boundaries and assess absolute sustainability at individual and industrial sector levels. In: Journal of Industrial Ecology. 2020.

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abstract = "In the light of increasing human pressures on the Earth system, the issue of sharing in the face of scarcity is more pressing than ever. The planetary boundary framework identifies and quantifies nine environmental boundaries and corresponding human pressures. However, when aiming to make the concept operational for decision support it is unclear how this safe operating space (SOS) within each of the planetary boundaries should be shared. This study proposes a two‐step approach, where the operating space is first downscaled to the individual level using ethical allocation principles and next scaled up to a higher organizational level using different upscaling methods. For the downscaling, three allocation principles are demonstrated: egalitarian (equal per capita); grandfathering (proportional to current share of the total impacts); and ability to pay (proportional to economic activity). For upscaling from the individual level final consumption expenditure is used as a proxy for the priority that the individual gives to the product or sector. In an alternative upscaling approach, an additional upscaling factor is based on the eco‐efficiency (ratio between turnover and environmental impact) of the product or sector. A demonstration of the method's application is given by applying the framework to two of the planetary boundaries, climate change and biogeochemical flows, with the Danish, Indian and global dairy sectors as cases. It is demonstrated how the choices of allocation and upscaling approaches influence the results differently in the three cases. The developed framework is shown to support an informed and transparent selection of allocation principles and upscaling methods and it provides a step toward standardization of distributing the SOS in absolute environmental sustainability assessments.",
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