Sustainability Approaches

In addition to tackling ecnonomic questions when developing policies and strategies, or products ans services, governments and entreprises are under increasing pressure to consider impacts on the environment and society. The gorwing societal concern with addressing the three pillars of sustainability (i.e. environmenment, economic and social) requires that appropriate tools are available to inform decision making. Up to now, environmental LCA and life cycle costing have been applied to effectively assess the environmental and economic aspects.

Some of the tools developed during Phase II have not yet reached full maturity in order to be used on a broad scale. Efforts here will focus on further development and testing of S-LCA and LCSA in particular. The specific objectives of this flagship are four-fold:

  • Expanded capability worldwide to apply and use S-LCA and LCSA in different communities;
  • Awareness among decision-makers, stakeholders and public;
  • enhanced global consensus on the S-LCA and LCSA-methodology (including data management)
  • Increased linkages with the emerging initiatives on LCA approaches for organisations.

Flagship update December 2014 ~ Feedback Request!

Supporting Decision Makers with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – a roadmap draft
A draft document summarizing a roadmapping effort carried out by an ad hoc group under the auspices of the SETAC North American LCA Advisory Group is provided below for stakeholder comments. The activity started with a one-day workshop last year and has been continuing since. The group would like to receive input from the Initiative network in order to improve and finalize the document for launch early next year. A commenting sheet is provided.

The work is of interest to members of the LCA community who are involved in transferring the information in an LCA study to decision makers in a way they can understand and better utilize the information. The effort also is related to the UNEP/SETAC Flagship Project on LCIA Indicators and Methods Guidance. Some portion of the scope of the roadmap deals with integrative or cross-cutting issues that are included in the remit of one of the project task forces and which should be part of the planned Pellston workshop in 2016.

The roadmapping group would like to receive comments by the first week in January 2015.