Environmental life cycle impact assessment indicators (Flagship 1b)

The objective here is to run a global process aiming at global guidance and consensus building on a limited number of life cycle impact category indicators developed within a consistent framework, and to identify the related research agenda. The deliverable would be a global guidance publication with a supporting web system that includes the limited number of 6 to 10 LCA-based environmental impact category indicators and the characterisation factors (for various regions). It may also include guidance on how to best establish a particular regional impact category indicator in case global consensus on characterisation factors cannot be achieved or makes no sense.

For more information on this Flagship Activity, please contact its co-chairs, Rolf Frischknecht and Olivier Jolliet.

Flagship activity updates

Pellston Workshop works towards Volume 2 of Global Guidance for LCIA Indicators

24 to 29 June 2018, Parador El Saler, Valencia, Spain Workshop Summary report Following the first recommendations on indicators for climate change, human health impacts due to fine particles, impacts related to water consumption and biodiversity impacts caused by land use (Frischknecht & Jolliet 2016; Jolliet et al. 2018), a second Pellston Workshop®* was held…

Now available: Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators and characterization factors

Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators Volume 1 launched We’re pleased to announce that the Life Cycle Initiative’s flagship publication for 2016 is now online! The “Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators Volume 1” goes a long way in identifying the “current best practice”, and recommended characterization factors in a variety…

LC Net for Jan/Feb 2017 published

We’ve just published the January-February edition of the LC Net. Stories in the first edition for 2017: Promoting global consensus on Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators: new publication launched with a series of characterization factors Phase 3 draws to an end; momentum builds for next phase: Looking back on 2016, looking forward to the next…

EcoBalance conference • Kyoto, Japan

6 October 2016 A session on the Global Guidance on Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators, by the Life Cycle Initiative, was well attended and counted on the presentations of lead authors of the report stemming from the last 2-3 years of work, and specifically the expert Pellston Workshop® organized in Valencia in January 2016. The…

Call for experts for Life Cycle Impact Assessment flagship project

The Life Cycle Initiative is calling for experts to contribute in the Life Cycle Impact Assessment area! Expertise is needed in the following areas and task forces acidification & eutrophication and effect of eco-toxicity, human toxicity (including indoor) and fate of eco-toxicity (+PM) natural resources, with focus on mineral primary resources ecosystem services, with initial…

Strong Life Cycle Initiative presence at Ecobalance 2016: Join us!

EcoBalance 2016, the 12th Biennial Conference on EcoBalance 3-6 October / Kyoto, Japan This biennial conference series is about methodologies and practices for sustainability based life-cycle thinking. The 2016 theme, “Responsible value chains for sustainability” invites exploration of efforts at tackling challenges for embodying responsible value chains in business, compatible with value creation for companies…

“Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators”

Upcoming Global Guidance publication from the Environmental Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators Flagship The Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators 1 is aimed at LCA practitioners and method developers. It is the result of an over two-year long process of consensus building and consultation among world-leading experts and stakeholders. More specifically, the publication provides significant progress…

Reaching consensus on recommended environmental indicators and characterisation factors for Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA)

Pellston Workshop™ “Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators and Methods” In late January 2016 a Pellston Workshop™ on “Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators and Methods” was held in Valencia, Spain. The goal of the workshop was to reach consensus on recommended environmental indicators and characterisation factors for Life Cycle Impact…

Opinion paper on basic requirements for footprint indicators

Environmental Science and Technology opinion paper published Consult the opinion paper on basic requirements for footprint indicators in Environmental Science and Technology.

International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment article

Int J LCA article published Consult the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment article: “Global guidance on environmental life cycle impact assessment indicators: findings of the scoping phase“