Title: Life cycle thinking and the use of LCA in policies around the world
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC102883
ISBN: 978-3-319-56474-6
URI: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-56475-3_18
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56475-3_18
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The chapter explains what Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is about, why it is about taking a life cycle approach and shows that SCP related policies have been developed at the intergovernmental level and in different regions of the world. A key element at the international level is the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP adopted in 2012 and the global agreements on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. Life cycle thinking has become mature, moving from its academic origins and limited uses primarily in-house in large companies to more powerful approaches that can efficiently support the provision of more sustainable goods and services through efficient use in product development, external communications, in support of customer choice, and in public debates. Now governments can use LCA for SCP and policies. For LCA databases are needed. LCA is in particular relevant for policies focusing on design for sustainability, sustainable consumer information, sustainable procurement and waste management, minimization and prevention as well as sector specific policies like sustainable energy and food supply. Examples of life cycle thinking and the use of LCA in policies is provided for numerous countries around the world but with a certain focus on the European Union. It can be expected that the use of LCA in policies for the sustainability assessment of products will further increase, also covering slowly more means to implement policies such as incentives and legislative obligations.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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