The beta launch of the Global Guidance for Life-Cycle Impact Assessment Method (GLAM) took place during the SETAC Conference on May 8th.

Olivier Jolliet at the launch of GLAM in Seville on May 8

Developed through collaboration with over 230 experts, this milestone marks the completion of the third phase of development, which focused on finalizing method. These include the development of characterisation factors (CFs), worker exposure assessments for accidents, fine particulate matter, and organic chemicals, as well as CFs for terrestrial acidification and finalization of a survey on weighting factors for high, middle, and low-income countries, and harmonizing life cycle inventory (LCI) and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) flows.

Following its debut, the beta version of GLAM will undergo testing and stakeholder consultations for refining and improving the guidance, culminating in a final launch at the SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium in Gothenburg in October 2024.