Phase 2 of the Hotspots Analysis Flagship is underway with workshops and webinars

Work has started on the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative ‘Hotspots Analysis and Sustainability Information – Phase 2’ project, with the objective of developing a flexible methodological framework for product & sector level hotspots analysis.

While hotspots analysis is proving to be a helpful and effective tool that assists in the identification of critical areas to be prioritized for action from a life cycle perspective, there is currently no common approach to hotspots analysis. This lack of consistency is due in part to:

  • The absence of a recognized set of guiding principles and practices for hotspots analysis;
  • The lack of a globally agreed methodological framework for hotspots analysis; and
  • A lack of agreement on the appropriate use and communication of product sustainability information derived from hotspots analysis.

Two workshops held in Paris

This Flagship Project, aims to address the above considerations through a consensus-building process by experts. With this in mind two rapid prototyping workshops were held at UNEP’s offices in Paris, on the 16-17 June 2016; The workshops were well attended and proved to be an invaluable opportunity to bring together key experts and stakeholders from around the world to feedback on the work done to date and help further develop the common methodological framework and best practice guidance for the appropriate use and communication of sustainability information derived from hotspots analysis.

More workshops and webinars to come: get involved!

In addition to these workshops a number of regional webinars have been set up to share the draft documents developed and solicit additional input and feedback from key experts and stakeholders that were unable to attend the Paris workshops. The webinars will be held on 18, 21 and 28 of July 2016, so if you were unable to attend the workshops but would be interested in participating in one of the webinars please register your interest or contact Giorgio Bagordo to find out more.