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|Title:||Sustainable Consumption and Production - European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment|
|Authors:||WOLF Marc-Andree; PENNINGTON DAVID; BERSANI RAFFAELLA|
|Citation:||SAM Conference - Seville March, 2007 p. 5-2|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Sustainable Consumption and Production is of high relevance in policy developments in Europe towards more coherent environmental policies; a Communication is in preparation. Life Cycle Thinking is a key element is this and related policies such as the European Commission’s Thematic Strategies on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and on the Prevention and Recycling of Waste, and the Integrated Product Policy Communication (IPP). The European Commission's project "European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment" (EP-LCA) supports life cycle thinking in product development and European policies. It addresses the related needs of industry and of government for recommendations for better LCA practice, and efficient access to high quality LCI and LCIA data towards better acceptance and wider use of LCA. The first main deliverable of the project is the European Reference Life Cycle Data System (ELCD). The ELCD is aiming at providing predominantly European industry associations’ based Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data for main commodities, energy carriers, transport, and waste management in a common reference LCA format. The ELCD is published online via the EC’s LCA Info Hub, the first version being online since February 2007. It will be enhanced in 2007 and 2008 by further core data in close cooperation with leading industry. The inventory data sets will be accompanied by recommended Life Cycle Impact Assessment factors, which form the other main component of the ELCD database. The second main deliverable is a series of technical handbooks on recommended LCA practice for goal and scope definition, data collection, modeling, analysis, interpretation, documentation, and review. These deliverables are being developed through a serious of studies, meetings, and workshops. They will be based on the best attainable consensus among stakeholders and a close consultation with National and International LCA projects. As the third main deliverable, the LCA Info Hub hosts an independent and comprehensive directory of LCA services, tools, databases, and providers, which is the basis of a communication and expertise exchange platform for LCA practitioners.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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