The Life Cycle Initiative

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) launched in 2002 an International Life Cycle Partnership, known as the Life Cycle Initiative (LCI), to enable users around the world to put life cycle thinking into effective practice. The Initiative responds the call by Governments around the world for a Life Cycle economy in the Malmö Declaration (2000). It contributes to the 10-Year Framework of Programmes to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, as requested at the World Summit on Sustainable Developement (WSSD) in Joannesburg (2002). It aims to promote life cycle thinking globally and facilitate the exchange of knowledge of over 2,000 experts worldwide and four regional networks from different continents.

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14 Years of Milestones

This interactive image traces major events and publications that have been produced throughout the lifespan of the Initiative, since its inception in 2002. Click through and trace the evolution of the Initiative, as well as the evolution of Life Cycle Thinking.

An interactive poster portraying a selection of outputs and milestones since the establishment of the Life Cycle Initiative in 2002. Click to access the interactive version.