Mission of the Life Cycle Initiative

The Initiative fosters progress towards sustainable development in two ways.

First, it advances the understanding of life cycle thinking by private and public decision makers and of the decision-making process by life cycle experts. This is in order to improve decisions that need assessing, and comparing products, technologies, lifestyles and economy-wide choices. Second, the Initiative builds consensus on, and facilitates access to environmental, social and economic life cycle knowledge (LCA data, methods, indicators, etc.).

The Life Cycle Initiative Vision

The Life Cycle Initiative works in partnerships to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and Nationally Determined Contributions for the Paris Agreement faster and more efficiently by bringing Life Cycle Thinking to the mindsets of decision makers with the practical knowledge and tools to enhance the sustainability of their decisions.

Those partnerships targeted by the Initiative include key global initiatives such as the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Global LCA Data Access network (GLAD), as well as relevant regional or national initiatives such as Europe’s Environmental Footprint or China’s National Green Product Policy.

Where the Life Cycle Initiative will make an impact

In its new 2017-2022 phase, the Life Cycle Initiative aims, by 2022, to:

  1. Mainstream the use of Life Cycle Thinking into at least four global areas of decision- and policy-making for sustainable development, showing positive impacts towards the achievement of global agenda goals through partnerships in at least 15 countries and 30 companies.
  2. Train at least 2,500 policy makers, business decision makers, and LCA practitioners on the ways Life Cycle Knowledge can be best used in enhancing the effectiveness of decisions / policies towards sustainable development, and share at least 20 impactful success stories on how Life Cycle Thinking has improved the positive impact of their decisions.
  3. Offer a solution to access all LCA databases globally in an interoperable way, alongside a library of recommended impact assessment factors linked through a global nomenclature system for priority (environmental, social and economic) impact areas defined by policy and industry users.

Monitoring impact and external evaluation

In order to optimize alignment towards a common agenda and goals, impact indicators linked to the programmes and projects will be agreed for the work of the Initiative, and shared among all implementing partners. The impact measurement will be regularly supported by the Secretariat, and funds from the Initiative’s core funding would be made available for regular external evaluations.

Theory of Change of the Life Cycle Initiative

Theory of Change of the Life Cycle Initiative. Click to download the 2017 Strategy document.