Handbook on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment


Handbook on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

9781800378643 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sonia Valdivia, Professor of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, School of Sustainability, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany and Scientific Director, World Resources Forum, Switzerland and Guido Sonnemann, Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, Institute of Molecular Sciences, University of Bordeaux, France and Executive Committee Chair of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI)
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 864 3 Extent: 460 pp
This Handbook presents the state-of-the-art of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) practice and provides guidance for its implementation and outlook for future work. Spotlighting sustainability analysts, managers and overall decision-makers from private and public sectors as well as experts in academia, it covers the historical background and current global context for life cycle sustainability assessment, methods and data management advancements.

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This Handbook presents the state-of-the-art of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) practice and provides guidance for its implementation and outlook for future work. Spotlighting sustainability analysts, managers and overall decision-makers from private and public sectors as well as experts in academia, it covers the historical background and current global context for life cycle sustainability assessment, methods and data management advancements.

Highlighting best practices on how LCSA is used for each of the sustainability pillars (environmental, economic, and social) from a life cycle perspective, the Handbook illustrates how results can then be integrated into the decision-making process. Its use of sectoral and policy cases also illustrates the feasibility of using these results when putting in place life cycle sustainability management. Chapters further investigate developments like responsible sourcing and the transition to a circular economy requiring consideration for expanding the uptake of LCSA by global markets, and low- and middle-income countries.

The Handbook on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment will be an excellent resource for academics and researchers who are interested in both social sciences and natural sciences and engineering. It will also be of great interest to business, professionals and policy makers who are interested in not only the environment but also in important social and economic considerations as we move towards a low carbon and more sustainable future economy.
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‘This Handbook empowers you with the essential resources and knowledge to unlock the potential of sustainable thinking, enabling you to broaden your horizons and navigate the intricate landscape of product sustainability with insight and innovation.’
– Nasser Ayoub, Helwan University, Egypt and EPD Mena CLC, Sweden

‘A very good book for the sustainability of our planet! Climate change is now receiving global attention but it is only one of the environmental issues. Sustainability consists of three pillars: environmental, economic, and social. This book provides an insight into how corporate activities should move towards sustainability in all aspects. This book will be a useful resource for those who are interested in SDGs and the Circular Economy.’
– Atsushi Inaba, President, Japan Life Cycle Assessment Facilitation Centre (LCAF), Tokyo, Japan
Contributors include: Rosalie, Arendt, Mike Ashby, Till M. Bachmann, Jana Backes, Fritz Balkau, Enrico Benetto, Catherine Benoit-Norris, Alberto Bezam, Marco Bianchi, Erasmo Cadena, Natalia Cano, Maurizio Cellura, Andreas Ciroth, Mauro Cordella, Ilonka de Beer, Anna Irene De Luca, Claudia Di Noi, Andreas Endl, Jim Fava, Anastasia Globa, Mark Goedkoop, Alexander Graf, Rosan Harmens, Diana Indrane, Agnieszka Kowalska, Anish Koyamparambath, Murat Kucukvar, Noemie Leroy-Parmentier, Nathalie Lofrida, Marie Loubert, Lucia Mancini, Bernard Mazijn, Eric Mieiras, Marina Mistrettal, Emilia Moreno Ruiz, Elizabeth Neuhaus, Nuri C. Onat, Tiina Pajula, Claudia Peña, Hanna Pihkola, Shaniq Pillay, Lindsey Roche, Iveth Rojas, Sven-Olof Ryding, Peter Saling, Saldivar Santillan, Thomas Schaubroeck, Thomas Sonderegger, Guido Sonnemann, Philip Strothmann, Joanna Syrda, Gwenny Thomassen, Olubukola O. Tokede, Marzia Traverso, Sonia Valdivia, Jonathan van der Kamp, Pia Wiche, Alessandra Zamagni, Sigita Židonienė

Foreword xiii

Introduction to the Handbook on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment xxiii
Sonia Valdivia and Guido Sonnemann

1 An introduction to sustainable development and LCSA 3
Fritz Balkau, Alberto Bezama and Guido Sonnemann
2 Evolution of life cycle thinking as part of the global sustainable
consumption and production agenda 17
Philip Strothmann and Jim Fava
3 Sustainability as a megatrend in business 30
Agnieszka Kowalska and Joanna Syrda
4 Showcasing life cycle management 41
Pia Wiche and Natalia Cano

5 Introduction to the basics of life cycle sustainability assessment
focusing on the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative LCSA framework 53
Marzia Traverso and Sonia Valdivia
6 Life cycle assessment 60
Noémie Leroy-Parmentier, Pia Wiche and Guido Sonnemann
7 Life cycle costing 77
Erasmo Cadena and Gwenny Thomassen
8 Social life cycle assessment 89
Lindsey Roche, Catherine Benoît Norris and Sonia Valdivia
9 The product social impact assessment 110
Mark Goedkoop, Ilonka de Beer, Rosan Harmens and Diana Indrane
10 Commonly agreed life cycle sustainability assessment principles:
examples in construction, challenges and feasibility 124
Jana Backes, Marzia Traverso and Sonia Valdivia
11 Defining the goal and scope for life cycle sustainability assessment 136
Noémie Leroy-Parmentier, Sonia Valdivia and Guido Sonnemann
12 Collecting, assessing and using data for LCSA 144
Marie Loubert, Claudia Di Noi and Andreas Ciroth
13 Data for LCSA – state of the art and outlook 164
Thomas Sonderegger, Emilia Moreno Ruiz, Till M. Bachmann, Marco
Bianchi, Rosan Harmens and Alessandra Zamagni
14 Life cycle inventory analysis & modelling in LCSA: from basic aspects
to advanced techniques 180
Thomas Schaubroeck and Enrico Benetto
15 Key performance indicators and benchmarking values 203
Jana Backes and Marzia Traverso
16 Monetization for integration of LCSA results – state of the art and perspectives 213
Till M. Bachmann, Rosalie Arendt and Jonathan van der Kamp
17 Sustainability impacts: multicriteria decision-making and weighting factors 232
Maurizio Cellura, Anna Irene De Luca, Nathalie Iofrida and Marina Mistretta
18 Sustainability product declarations for communicating LCSA results in
sustainable procurement 251
Sven-Olof Ryding, Claudia Peña and Sonia Valdivia

19 LCSA: how to carry it out and integrate and communicate its results –
illustration with four case studies 261
Mike Ashby
20 Sustainability assessments of chemical products 278
Peter Saling
21 Application of the ten LCSA principles of the Life Cycle Initiative: the
perspective of the building sector 289
Olubukola Tokede and Anastasia Globa
22 Life cycle sustainability assessment of emerging mobility technologies:
perspective, challenges, and future directions 303
Nuri C. Onat and Murat Kucukvar
23 Life cycle sustainability management in policy frameworks –
responsible sourcing 317
Lucia Mancini, Andreas Endl and Alexander Graf
24 Policy implications 328
Bernard Mazijn
25 Towards a future product sustainability footprint in the EU 343
Mauro Cordella, Hanna Pihkola, Tiina Pajula and Alessandra Zamagni

26 Mineral resource criticality assessment in LCSA 359
Jair Santillán Saldivar, Anish Koyamparambath and Guido Sonnemann
27 Life cycle sustainability thinking for measuring and assessing
circularity towards sustainable procurement 371
Claudia Pe–a, Sven-Olof Ryding, Sigita Židonienė and Jair Santillán Saldivar
28 Business drivers, barriers and opportunities for mainstreaming LCSA 379
Shaniq Pillay and Eric Meiras
29 LCSA in the regions – state of the art, mainstreaming conditions and
upscaling approaches 394
Sonia Valdivia, Natalia Cano, Iveth Rojas and Guido Sonnemann
30 Handbook on life cycle sustainability assessment: take-aways and outlook 410
Guido Sonnemann, Sonia Valdivia and Elizabeth Neuhaus

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