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Nutrient Certificates a new paradigm counterpart to emissions trading

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Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development - 11:15 - 11:30 Nutrient Certificates a new paradigm counterpart to emissions trading - Katja Hansen (Academic Chair ‘Cradle to …

Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development - 11:15 - 11:30 Nutrient Certificates a new paradigm counterpart to emissions trading - Katja Hansen (Academic Chair ‘Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality’, RSM)


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  • 1. Nutrient CertificatesA new business paradigm as a counterpart to emissions tradingKatja HansenAcademic Chair ‘Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality’, RSM Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 2. The nutrient value of food is accepted practice in business… Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 3. As well as the content declaration for many products: Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 4. ….why not do the same for other products, including buildings? Design for DisassemblyTechnical Nutrients Biological Nutrients Defined Use Period Defined (Recycled) Content Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 5. However…Emissions TradingLess bad: minimize, reduce, offset compensation for negative impacts possible market distortions due to non- traceable materialsSeminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 6. Current certificates are missing the positive benefits.• Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) catalog the negative environmental impacts of a product, often based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).• Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) contain a list of aspects defined as hazardous and how to handle those, but are not designed to show the beneficial qualities. Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 7. C2C principle as basis for nutrient certificates.Cradle to Cradle® principle: Waste = FoodNutrients are nutrients.Everything is a resource for something else.Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 8. Nutrient CertificatesSet of data describing;defined characteristics of materials in products that givethem value for recovery and reuse. Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 9. Nutrient Certificatesmarketplace mechanism to encourage product designs,material recovery systems, and chain of possessionpartnerships…to improve the quality, value, and security of supply formaterials…so they can be reused in continuous loops or closed loopsor beneficially returned to biological systems. Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 10. …This is done by adding a new value dimension tomaterials quality.This new dimension is based on the suitability of materialsfor recovery and reuse as resources in other products andprocesses. Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 11. …So buildings are resource repleters instead of depleters. Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 12. Reinventing the wheel not necessary !Examples of existing mechanisms to build on:Authentication: Chemical and DNA fingerprinting are advancingquickly as are nano-tagging and electronic micro-tagging, e.g.,RFID.Large retail chains and manufacturers have sophisticated databasetracking mechanisms for tracking inventories of components used intheir products.Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certifications label and trackcomponents in millions of devices. Seminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012
  • 13. RESOURCE RE-PLETION Role of Buildings And Introducing Nutrient Certificates as a Counterpart to Emissions Trading Schemes KATJA HANSEN, MICHAEL BRAUNGART, DOUGLAS MULHALL Published by The Springer Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology; Meyers, Robert A. (Ed.) 2013, 10500 p. 2500 illus. in color. In 12 volumes, not available separatelySeminar Cradle to Cradle® Practical Applications in Area Development – October 29, 2012