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Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 137–144 | Cite as

Substance flows through the economy and environment of a region

Part II: Modelling
  • Ester van der Voet
  • Reinout Heijungs
  • Paul Mulder
  • Ruben Huele
  • René Kleijn
  • Lauran van Oers
Research Articles

Abstract

In the tradition of the study of materials flows through society, the Substance Flow Analysis (SFA) method and its software tool SFINX are presented. SFA aims at providing the relevant information for a country’s overall management strategy regarding single substances or coherent groups of substances. Three modelling techniques and their possibilities and limitations are discussed: Bookkeeping, static modelling, and dynamic modelling. The computer program SFINX can be used for varoius purposes: (1) to obtain an overview of stocks and flows of a substance in, out and through a nation’s economy and environment for a specific year, (2) to trace the origins of specific pollution problems, and (3) to estimate the effectiveness of certain abatement measures. Each application has its own requirements with regard to data and modelling.

Keywords

Origin Analysis Substance Flow Abatement Measure Substance Flow Analysis Ultimate Origin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ester van der Voet
    • 1
  • Reinout Heijungs
    • 1
  • Paul Mulder
    • 1
  • Ruben Huele
    • 1
  • René Kleijn
    • 1
  • Lauran van Oers
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Environmental ScienceLeiden UniversityRA LeidenThe Netherlands

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