- Economy of functionality
- Life cycle assessment (LCA)
Because the product-service system is still new, there has yet to be any quantitative modelling of the expected life cycle environmental benefits of the concept applied to a territory. As such, there are no standards or guidelines on how a quantitative assessment should be conducted, and consideration of the development of a robust methodology to assess the life cycle environmental impact is needed. The project provides an opportunity to explore new ground to inform the development of the product-service system.
The initiative stems from a collaboration between LIRIDE and EFC Québec to develop a model to assess the environmental benefits (GHG, etc.) of the product-service system (one of the principles of a circular economy), as well as expand the literature and apply the developed methodology to at least one concrete case.
Affiliated research axes
Axis 2: Planning Optimization2.1 – Support the development and use of tools to analyze and monitor the circular economy
2.3 – Establish and maintain local, national and international circularity inventories
2.4 – Plan and optimize the production of products and delivery of services in the context of the circular economy
Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization3.1 – Map the knowledge and potential of product circularization
3.2 – Develop a conceptual framework of tools that may be mobilized to identify better circularization scenarios for products, components and resources at the end of their life cycles