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Integration of social aspects in decision support, based on life cycle thinking

Lehmann, A.; Russi, D.; Bala, A.; Finkbeiner, M.; Fullana-i-Palmer, P.

Abstract:
Recently increasing attention has been paid to complementing environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with social aspects. The paper discusses the selection of social impacts and indicators from existing frameworks like Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA). Two ongoing case studies, addressing sustainability assessment within decision support, were considered: (1) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Indonesia; and (2) Integrated Packaging Waste Management in Spain and Portugal (FENIX). The focus was put on social impacts occurring due to decisions within these systems, such as choice of technologies, practices or suppliers. Thus, decision makers—here understood as intended users of the studies’ results—are not consumers that buy (or do not buy) a product, such as in recent SLCA case-studies, but mainly institutions that decide about the design of the water or packaging waste management system. Therefore, in the FENIX project, a list of social impacts identified from literature was sent to the intended users to be ranked according to their priorities. Finally, the paper discusses to what extent the entire life cycle is reflected in SLCA impact categories and indicators, and explains how both life-cycle and on-site-related social impacts were chosen to be assessed. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000102773
Veröffentlicht am 18.02.2020
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2011
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2071-1050
KITopen-ID: 1000102773
HGF-Programm 48.01.01 (POF II, LK 01)
Nachhaltige Entwicklung
Erschienen in Sustainability
Band 3
Heft 4
Seiten 562-577
Schlagwörter social impacts; social indicators; SLCA; SIA; LCA; sustainability assessment; integrated water resources management; packaging waste management; software; decision support
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