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Sustainability 2010, 2(10), 3309-3322; doi:10.3390/su2103309

Towards Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, Office Z1, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany
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Received: 31 August 2010 / Revised: 19 October 2010 / Accepted: 21 October 2010 / Published: 22 October 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: life cycle sustainability assessment; life cycle assessment; life cycle costing; social LCA life cycle sustainability assessment; life cycle assessment; life cycle costing; social LCA
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Finkbeiner, M.; Schau, E.M.; Lehmann, A.; Traverso, M. Towards Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. Sustainability 2010, 2, 3309-3322.

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