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A pragmatic and industry-oriented framework for data quality assessment of environmental footprint tools

Salemdeeb, Ramy; Saint, Ruth; Clark, William; Lenaghan, Michael; Pratt, Kimberley; Millar, Fraser


Ramy Salemdeeb

Ruth Saint

William Clark

Michael Lenaghan

Kimberley Pratt

Fraser Millar


Environmental footprinting, underpinned by systematic life-cycle thinking, is increasingly seen as a critical concept for designing policies to fight climate change. The holistic nature of a life-cycle approach, built using the principles of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), enables policy makers to understand the potential impacts and benefits of policy options. Although LCA is a widely used and well-established method, methodological aspects such as the quality of background data, model uncertainty, and comparison against existing literature are not usually communicated effectively to wider audiences, in particular policy makers. This paper introduces a novel hybrid data quality assessment method in the context of a case study based on the Scottish Waste Environmental Footprint Tool, a newly developed environmental life-cycle thinking tool. It offers an accessible method to present results of the data quality assessment of environmental models to policy makers and helps identify areas of improvements in future upgrades.


Salemdeeb, R., Saint, R., Clark, W., Lenaghan, M., Pratt, K., & Millar, F. (2021). A pragmatic and industry-oriented framework for data quality assessment of environmental footprint tools. Resources, Environment and Sustainability, 3, Article 100019.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 5, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 8, 2021
Publication Date 2021-03
Deposit Date Mar 15, 2021
Journal Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Article Number 100019
Keywords Environmental policy, Data quality, Environmental modelling, Life Cycle Assessment, Life cycle sustainability assessment
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