Following the successful online elections, the Life Cycle Initiative is pleased to welcome three new members of the Steering Committee: CIRAIG represented by François Saunier, the European Commission represented by Małgorzata Gołębiewska, and Unilever represented by James Joyce to this central role. Find more detail about each new Steering Committee member below.

CIRAIG (Science/Civil Society Constituency)

Serving as the Deputy Executive Director at CIRAIG, François Saunier leads projects focused on circular economy and sustainable infrastructure.


European Commission (Government Constituency)

Małgorzata Gołębiewska is the Team Leader for Environmental Footprint at the European Commission and brings a wealth of experience in the European Green Deal, waste policy, and CO2 emissions.

Unilever (Business Constituency)

As the Sustainability Science Leader at Unilever, James Joyce possesses extensive expertise in corporate sustainability matters, including supply chain risk, resource efficiency, carbon reduction, and product regulatory compliance.

Their collective expertise and commitment are sure to bring substantial benefits to the Initiative’s work program, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact they will make.

Farewell to our departing SC members:

World Resources Forum and Ecoinnovazione

In this moment of transition, we also extend our heartfelt appreciation to our departing Steering Committee members: Ecoinnovazione represented by Alessandra Zamagni and World Resources Forum represented by Sonia Valdivia. Their unwavering dedication and valuable insights have been essential to the Initiative’s successful outcomes, and we express our sincere gratitude for their significant contributions.


“In these last 3 years, many projects driven by the Initiative have delivered and will deliver key outcomes for increasing the robustness of the life cycle application also in the industrial context, such as the global LCIA consensus method (GLAM) (a milestone in the development and harmonization of the field of LCIA), the completion of the S-LCA Pilot Testing Report, and the work on increasing data interoperability under the GLAD Project.”
– Alessandra Zamagni

World Resources Forum (WRF)

“The contribution of WRF targeted the areas of LCA of materials and their sustainability along the life cycle due to its longstanding technical assistance and policy advice experience in Europe and emerging economies such as in Africa and Latin America. With regards to the methodological perspective, WRFA supported in particular the development and expansion of social life cycle assessment by co-authoring the UNEP 2021 Social LCA GuidelinesUNEP Methodological Sheets for Subcategories in Social Life Cycle Assessment and the Life Cycle Initiative Report on Pilot projects on Guidelines for Social LCA.”
– Sonia Valdivia