Title: From science to support decision making: recommendations and challenges in Life Cycle Impact Assessment
Authors: SALA SERENELLABRANDAO MIGUELPANT RanaHAUSCHILD MichaelPENNINGTON David
Citation: Life Cycle Management Conference
Publisher: Life Cycle Management Conference Organisers
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC64729
ISBN: 978-94-007-1898-2
URI: http://www.lcm2011.org/papers.html
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC64729
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In the last years, several methodologies have been developed for Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) and some efforts have been made towards their harmonisation. In this context, JRC led a “science to decision support” process which resulted in the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook. The Handbook provides guidelines to methods and assessments to assess emissions into air, water and soil, as well as the natural resources consumed in terms of their contributions to different impacts on human health, natural environment, and availability of resources. Those guidelines come from a comprehensive process of selection of methods based on a set of scientific and stakeholder acceptance criteria and involving experts, advisory groups and the public. In this “from science to decision support” process a number of research needs, critical issues and challenges for LCIA emerged and are presented here.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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