The Circular Economy Lifecycle Assessment and Visualization Framework - CELAVI

Research output: NRELPoster


A circular economy (CE) aims to decouple human activities from economic growth and resource use, and its overall goal is reducing or avoiding negative environmental externalities. The newly developed Circular Economy Lifecycle Assessment and Visualization (CELAVI) framework simulates changes in supply chain environmental impacts as it transitions toward circularity. This study expands CELAVI by incorporating detailed spatial resolution and real-world road routes connecting all facilities within the system. The case study on end-of-life decision making of wind turbine blades in the states of Iowa and Missouri explores how supply chain circularity and environmental impacts are affected by pathway costs and level of wind turbine installations. It demonstrates how high circularity costs might be beneficial for circularity transitions given revenue generated from circular pathways. Finally, impacts have important contributions to the supply chain design and thus show the importance of including detailed spatial resolution in CELAVI and CE studies in general.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference, 12-17 June 2022, Newry, Maine

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-6A20-82941


  • circular economy
  • sustainability


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