MIPS Online

Material extractions and emissions are changing natural material flows and biological cycles in ecosystems. Once stable cycles - are unhinged. Sooner or later every material-input becomes an output (waste, emissions). Measuring the inputs therefore enables a rough approximation of the overall environmental burden.

The abbreviation MIPS stands for Material Input per Service Unit. MIPS is an elementary measure to estimate the environmental impacts caused by a product or service. The whole life-cycle from cradle to cradle (extraction, production, use, waste/recycling) is considered. MIPS can be applied in all cases, where the environmental implications of products, processes and services need to be assessed and compared.

A practical application of the MIPS Concept is called material intensity analysis. Material intensity analyses are conducted on the micro-level (focussing specific products and services), as well as on the macro-level (focussing national economies). Exemplary studies for both levels can be found on this site.

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Material Intensity Factors

Overview on materials, fuels, transport services and food

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MIPS Calculation Sheet

Support for data documentation

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Projects

MyEcoCost

A Consumer Oriented Prototype - Forming the Nucleus of a Novel Ecological Accounting System

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KRESSE

Critical Mineral Resources and Material Flows during the Transformation of the German Energy Supply System

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STROM - Assist

Global Perspectives and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Electromobility. Subproject within the joint research project: Accompanying research on Technologies and LCA of Electromobility

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Analysis of Specified Sustainability Criteria and Derivation of a Sustainability Strategy for Glass Packaging

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Publications

Resource Productivity in 7 Steps

How to Develop Eco-Innovative Products and Services and Improve their Material Footprint

02/2012
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Resource Productivity in 7 Steps

How to Develop Eco-Innovative Products and Services and Improve their Material Footprint

03/2010
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Introduction to Resource-Efficiency in Russian

MIPS concept in Russian

03/2005
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Calculating MIPS

Resource Productivity of Products and Services

05/2003
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MIPS berechnen

Ressourcenproduktivität von Produkten und Dienstleistungen

05/2003
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Further Publications on MIPS

Contributions produced by staff members of the Wuppertal Institute listed in chronological order

09/2014
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