Abstract for: Causal loop modelling of Rebound Effects Mechanisms in product-service systems: the case of clothing rental

The Product-Service Systems (PSS) research overlooks the risk of an overall increase in consumption due to rebound effects (RE). This study focused on identifying the RE mechanisms due to the implementation of use-oriented clothing PSS solutions, and is based on a model-based case study employing secondary data combined with a literature review on RE. The system model shows direct and indirect effects and mechanisms leading to RE in the system. Direct rebound effects further trigger indirect effects due to economic factors and psychological motives (e.g. when choosing to rent over purchasing). Those rebound effects could lead to an increased consumption of the service provided or other services. The findings highlight the further need to quantify the identified mechanisms into simulation models, which would help prioritize critical areas to mitigate RE.