Title: Sustainability assessment of future-oriented scenarios: a review of data modelling approaches in Life Cycle Assessment
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC82804
ISBN: 978-92-79-32522-9
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26088
OP LB-NA-26088-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC82804
DOI: 10.2788/95227
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Steering policy-making processes and business long term strategies entails tasks such as e.g. setting up sound environmental long term objectives and targets, assessing implications, and comparing options. To best run these tasks in the context of sustainability assessment, two fundamental ingredients are indispensable: life cycle thinking and analysis of future-oriented scenarios. Considering the whole life cycle of goods and services is necessary to avoid the shifting of problems from one life cycle stage to another, from one geographic area to another and from one environmental medium or protection target to another. Given the proliferation of life cycle thinking-based data modelling approaches, a review was conducted to detect where we stand in defining and framing life cycle thinking-based approaches and related data modelling approaches, what their key features are, and how mature they are. In addition, a scientific workshop was arranged to further discuss data modelling approaches and to screen how Environmental Footprint methodologies can be used to assess future-oriented scenarios. This review represents a stepping stone towards recommendations for sustainability assessment of future-oriented scenarios.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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