Life Cycle Management Programme

Life Cycle Management Programme was one of the four programmes of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.

Aims of the LCM Programme

The Phase I Life Cycle Management programme was oriented to the application of life cycle approaches aiming to bring LCA and life cycle thinking into practice of business and be related to policy decision-making. The specific aims were:

  • To create awareness and improve skills of decision makers by establishing forums for best practice and carrying out training programmes all over the world
  • To document experiences on practical applications of Life Cycle Thinking and to highlight enablers and barriers for development and implementation of a LCM approach
  • To develop a LCM framework for different tools and concepts, including e.g. Integrated Product Policy IPP or Extended Product Responsibility EPR
  • To take into account economic, social and ethical aspects, and occupational health and safety, risk management, community outreach and other related programs
  • To identify needs and availability of training modules and dissemination
  • To make recommendations on how to approach the needs of developed, emerging and developing economies as well as SMEs

LCM Deliverables

LCM Task Forces

The following Task Forces (TFs) had been established under the Life Cycle Management (LCM) Programme:

  1. LCM Handbook (LCM TF 1)

    In absence of an agreed upon definition for LCM, the handbook was aimed to introduce the LCM framework, discuss drivers and needs, describe the major underlying approaches and provides selected illustrative examples and successes while introducing and using LCM in practice. As part of the deliverables of this Task Force, a Training Kit on LCM for Trainers and Delegates had been developed.

  2. Life cycle based product development (LCM TF 2)

    The integration of environmental considerations along the products life cycle in the product development process, rather than as an isolated function, was subject of this task force. Results of its discussions served the development of the LCM Handbook by the LCM TF2.

  3. Communication of life cycle information (LCM TF 3)

    The task force had the aim to position the existing tools for the communication of life cycle information and identify the best options to initiate changes of consumption and production patterns. In particular the task force examined the mutual reinforcement amongst the tools and within the larger LCM framework, specifically within management systems.

  4. Management and Stakeholder engagement along the life cycle (LCM TF 4)

    Management along the life cycle is to approach and apply life cycle thinking from the management system point of view by using the ISO14001 and 14004 but also other standards such as ISO14031 on indicators together with GRI indicators (for environmental reporting!). Management along the life cycle can be seen as check lists of potential environmental and other sustainability aspects to be included in a life cycle oriented management system (sometimes referred as Product-Oriented Environmental Management System). From the life cycle perspective especially EMAS II with the unique list of indirect aspects should also be included. Another approach taken by the TF 3 was to integrate management systems approaches by combining quality, environment, OHS, social accountability and other issues in the same management system and also integrate with the business and strategy circles of the organization.

These Task Forces were all oriented towards experience-sharing and guidance.

Life Cycle Management Programme

Life Cycle Management Programme was one of the four programmes of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.

Aims of the LCM Programme

The Phase I Life Cycle Management programme was oriented to the application of life cycle approaches aiming to bring LCA and life cycle thinking into practice of business and be related to policy decision-making. The specific aims were:

  • To create awareness and improve skills of decision makers by establishing forums for best practice and carrying out training programmes all over the world
  • To document experiences on practical applications of Life Cycle Thinking and to highlight enablers and barriers for development and implementation of a LCM approach
  • To develop a LCM framework for different tools and concepts, including e.g. Integrated Product Policy IPP or Extended Product Responsibility EPR
  • To take into account economic, social and ethical aspects, and occupational health and safety, risk management, community outreach and other related programs
  • To identify needs and availability of training modules and dissemination
  • To make recommendations on how to approach the needs of developed, emerging and developing economies as well as SMEs

LCM Deliverables

LCM Task Forces

The following Task Forces (TFs) had been established under the Life Cycle Management (LCM) Programme:

  1. LCM Handbook (LCM TF 1)

    In absence of an agreed upon definition for LCM, the handbook was aimed to introduce the LCM framework, discuss drivers and needs, describe the major underlying approaches and provides selected illustrative examples and successes while introducing and using LCM in practice. As part of the deliverables of this Task Force, a Training Kit on LCM for Trainers and Delegates had been developed.

  2. Life cycle based product development (LCM TF 2)

    The integration of environmental considerations along the products life cycle in the product development process, rather than as an isolated function, was subject of this task force. Results of its discussions served the development of the LCM Handbook by the LCM TF2.

  3. Communication of life cycle information (LCM TF 3)

    The task force had the aim to position the existing tools for the communication of life cycle information and identify the best options to initiate changes of consumption and production patterns. In particular the task force examined the mutual reinforcement amongst the tools and within the larger LCM framework, specifically within management systems.

  4. Management and Stakeholder engagement along the life cycle (LCM TF 4)

    Management along the life cycle is to approach and apply life cycle thinking from the management system point of view by using the ISO14001 and 14004 but also other standards such as ISO14031 on indicators together with GRI indicators (for environmental reporting!). Management along the life cycle can be seen as check lists of potential environmental and other sustainability aspects to be included in a life cycle oriented management system (sometimes referred as Product-Oriented Environmental Management System). From the life cycle perspective especially EMAS II with the unique list of indirect aspects should also be included. Another approach taken by the TF 3 was to integrate management systems approaches by combining quality, environment, OHS, social accountability and other issues in the same management system and also integrate with the business and strategy circles of the organization.

These Task Forces were all oriented towards experience-sharing and guidance.