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Towards life cycle sustainability assessment

Finkbeiner, M.; Schau, E. M.; Lehmann, A.; Traverso, M.


Sustainability is nowadays accepted by all stakeholders as a guiding principle for both public policy making and corporate strategies. However, the biggest challenge for most organizations remains in the real and substantial implementation of the sustainability concept. The core of the implementation challenge is the question, how sustainability performance can be measured, especially for products and processes. This paper explores the current status of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) for products and processes. For the environmental dimension well established tools like Life Cycle Assessment are available. For the economic and social dimension, there is still need for consistent and robust indicators and methods. In addition to measuring the individual sustainability dimensions, another challenge is a comprehensive, yet understandable presentation of the results. The “Life Cycle Sustainability Dashboard” and the “Life Cycle Sustainability Triangle” are presented as examples for communication tools for both experts and non expert stakeholders.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/120084381
Veröffentlicht am 11.05.2018
DOI: 10.3390/su2103309
Zitationen: 577
Zitationen: 607
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2010
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2071-1050
KITopen-ID: 120084381
HGF-Programm 48.01.01 (POF II, LK 01) Nachhaltige Entwicklung
Erschienen in Sustainability
Verlag MDPI
Band 2
Seiten 3309-3322
Schlagwörter life cycle sustainability assessment, life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, social LCA
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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