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Hi,

I am calculating a comparison between use of car and train. In my understanding there must be difference in results If I use 50 or 1000 km as amount for the flow. But the results differ only by factor 20 - how can this be? As by using the car 50 km but 20times, there should be more emissions, caused of starting?

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This is an expected result as everything is scaled linearly in an LCA model (see e.g. Heijungs and Suh: The Computational Structure of Life Cycle Assessment).

There are tricks that you can apply with parameters (e.g. co2 = distance * emission_factor + number_of_starts * startup_factor + ...) or splitting the process (e.g. you could create a process with emissions for a 50 km chunk and than in the input you define how many chunks per output you need). But this depends on your model and is still scaled linearly in the end.
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Thank you very much. I will try to use parameters, because I am interesting for the results. Is there any initiative to renew this aspect of lca? Because this occurs in different cases - or?
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