Enhancing the Adoption of Life Cycle Assessment by Small and Medium Enterprises Grouped in an Industrial Cluster: A Case Study of the Tanning Cluster in Tuscany (Italy)

13 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2016

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Tiberio Daddi

St. Anna School of Advanced Studies - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM)

Benedetta Nucci

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Institute of Management

Fabio Iraldo

IEFE Università Bocconi

Francesco Testa

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Institute of Management

Date Written: October 2016

Abstract

Greenhouse gas emissions from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 70% of the industrial pollution in the European Union. Owing to limited economic and human resources, only a few SMEs start procedures to evaluate the environmental impact of processes and products through life cycle assessment (LCA). In this work, a cluster life cycle assessment (Cluster‐LCA) is proposed as an instrument for the diffusion and realization of LCA analysis in clustered SMEs. This methodology is illustrated with a case study in the tanning cluster in Tuscany. The different characteristics of the methodology are analyzed by identifying the intrinsic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The application of this methodology in a particular cluster is then discussed in order to gather some helpful insight for the application of this methodology in different clusters.

Keywords: industrial cluster, industrial ecology, life cycle assessment (LCA), small and medium enterprises (SMEs), tannery sector

Suggested Citation

Daddi, Tiberio and Nucci, Benedetta and Iraldo, Fabio and Testa, Francesco, Enhancing the Adoption of Life Cycle Assessment by Small and Medium Enterprises Grouped in an Industrial Cluster: A Case Study of the Tanning Cluster in Tuscany (Italy) (October 2016). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 1199-1211, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2857375 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12379

Tiberio Daddi (Contact Author)

St. Anna School of Advanced Studies - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) ( email )

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Benedetta Nucci

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Institute of Management

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Pisa, Pisa 56124
Italy

Fabio Iraldo

IEFE Università Bocconi ( email )

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Italy

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Francesco Testa

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Institute of Management ( email )

Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 24
Pisa, Pisa 56124
Italy

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