Ex­plor­ing the idea of LCSA’s

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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.

– unep.org

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