LCA of Organizations (Flagship 1c)

Life Cycle Assessment is now frequently applied to products, but has not yet been established as common practice in organizations. Several initiatives in the last few years have promoted the use of LCA within an organizational scope, mainly in the assessment of individual environmental impacts such as GHG emissions and water. Those documents and the experience acquired while preparing them laid the ground for moving towards a broader definition of ‘LCA of Organizations’.

A project group within the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative has been set up to proactively contribute to demonstrating the benefits and potential of the Life Cycle Approach and to support the recently launched project to develop a standard for LCA of organizations, (ISO 14072) by the International Organization for Standardisation.

For more info, contact the flagship co-chairs Matthias Finkbeiner and Atsushi Inaba, or the coordinator, Julia Martínez Blanco.


Flagship activity updates

Updating the Social LCA Guidelines

Towards an updated Guidelines for Social LCA – Scale up and road testing of Social LCA & Social Organizational LCA (S-LCA & SOLCA) Over the past decade and since the Life Cycle Initiative’s publication “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Products” (2009), the interest in social impact assessment of products and companies has…

O-LCA Road testing publication launched!

Experiences of 12 road testers with O-LCA application now available for download The report ‘Road testing organizational life cycle assessment around the world: Applications, experiences and lessons learned’ is now published! This report is being released following the successful launch in 2015 of the ‘Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment’, a Life Cycle Initiative publication...

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…

Road-testing update and five new frontrunner organizations

Over the last months, eight frontrunner organizations have been testing the „Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment“, developed in the first phase of the flagship activity „LCA of Organizations“. All road-testers completed the scoping phase and documented it in what we call „Report I: The scoping phase and first outline of the assessment“. In a…

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…

Frontrunner organizations road-testing the O-LCA Guidance

Since the launch of the “Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment”, the document and the methodology itself have undergone a road testing process. The road testing phase is a key step of this flagship project as it will proof the usefulness of the methodology and identify main difficulties and drawbacks. Furthermore, adding more experiences on the...

Organizational LCA videos

Matthias Finkbeiner speaks about the launch of the O-LCA Guidance publication At LCM in Bordeaux, Matthias Finkbeiner, co-chair of the LCA of Organizations flagship, speaks about the benefits of O-LCA and compares O-LCA to Organizational Environmental Footprint (OEF).

O-LCA road testing

Call for O-LCA road testing proposals The next step is to road test the guidance document in about 10 real organizations. By applying Organizational LCA to those organizations we aim to proof the potential of the methodology, add more experiences and promote its further use, and test the clarity of the document. The road testers…

Guidance on O-LCA launched

Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment published Nearly 70 participants of the flagship working group have been drafting and validating the “Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment” over the past two years. The long-awaited publication is now available for download. The authors expect the guidance document to support a broader application of organizational LCA. Organizational…