New Strategy published for 2022-2027 period

The Life Cycle Initiative has published its updated Strategy for the next four-year period. The Strategy guides the Initiative’s activities, which aim to enable notable reductions in environmental impacts and enhanced socio-economic co-benefits, where environmental resources, human capital and economic capital are used efficiently through the adoption and implementation of life cycle thinking and approaches.

Addressing SDGs

In the 2022-2027 period, the Life Cycle Initiative aims to promote the adoption and implementation of Life Cycle Thinking for the achievement of not only Goal 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals, on ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production, but also several other SDGs and global priorities pertaining to environmental and social impact. The Initiative’s role is key to ensuring that unintended trade-offs are prevented and that problems are decreasingly shifted to other stakeholders and impact dimensions with science-informed and comprehensive adoption of solutions.

2022-2027 Theory of Change


Strategic approach

The main strategic approach for 2022-2027 is to enhance the impact of the Life Cycle Initiative, knowledge base and network with the power of advocacy and engagement. This requires an expansion of the role of the initiative from that of an expert, advisor, and facilitator of Life Cycle knowledge to that of influential and strategic advocate. The Initiative will achieve this role shift firstly by using analyses to identify high-impact sectors and then by developing detailed sector-specific and impact-specific advocacy strategies to inform the implementation of programmes that can help achieve the ambitions of the 2022-2027 strategy.

The 2022-2027 strategic approach seeks to build on the strengths of the Initiative, across its key programme areas, to enhance political involvement, package policy solutions, provide guidance on interventions, develop skills for the adoption of LC approaches and increase access to harmonized LCA data and methods. Broadly, these enhanced programmes include:

  1. Policy advocacy, solutions and consolidation of transnational and sectoral success stories, building on the Life Cycle Initiative’s work on Technical and Policy Advice, and Stewardship for Life Cycle Approaches.
  2. Engagement of stakeholders and dissemination of implementation guidelines, building on the Initiative’s Life Cycle Capacity Development successes.
  3. Development of and access to Life Cycle Knowledge and Platform, in addition to resources available for building this knowledge base.

Find more details in the 2022-2027 Strategy document.