Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
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Last Edit Date 2018-07-02

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool to evaluate the environmental and social performance of products or services along their life cycle, encompassing extraction and processing of raw materials, manufacturing, distribution, use, re-use, maintenance, recycling, and final disposal. Under the Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (ELCA), extraction and consumption of resources (including energy), as well as releases to air, water and soil, are quantified through all stages of the life cycle. Their potential contribution to important environmental impact categories is then assessed. These include climate change, toxicity, ecosystem damage and resource base deterioration. Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) is a social impact assessment technique that aims to assess the social and socioeconomic aspects of products and their positive and negative impacts (real and potential impacts) along their life cycle.

UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.