Exploring the idea of LCSA’s
What is an LCSA?
Life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) refers to the evaluation of all environmental, social and economic negative impacts and benefits in decisionmaking processes towards more sustainable products throughout their life cycle.
What are the benefits of an LCSA?
Potential and future decisionmakers, stakeholders, enterprises and consumers can benefit from LCSA in the following ways:
LCSA enables practitioners to organize complex environmental, economic and social information and data in a structured form.
LCSA helps in clarifying the trade-offs between the three sustainability pillars, life cycle stages and impacts, products and generations by providing a more comprehensive picture of the positive and negative impacts along the product life cycle.
LCSA will show enterprises how to become more responsible for their business by taking into account the full spectrum of impacts associated with their products and services.
LCSA promotes awareness in value chain actors on sustainability issues.
LCSA supports enterprises and value chain actors in identifying weaknesses and enabling further improvements of a product life cycle. For instance, it supports decision-makers in enterprises in finding more sustainable means of production and in designing more sustainable products.
LCSA supports decisionmakers in prioritizing resources and investing them where there are more chances of positive impacts and less chance of negative ones.
LCSA helps decision-makers choose sustainable technologies and products.
LCSA can support consumers in determining which products are not only cost-efficient, eco-efficient or socially responsible, but also more sustainable.
LCSA stimulates innovation in enterprises and value chain actors.
LCSA has the potential to inform labelling initiatives.
Communicating transparent LCSA information helps enterprises to raise their credibility.