Special Issue "Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2010)
Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner
Chair of Sustainable Engineering, Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, Office Z1, Strasse des 17, Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 314 24341
Fax: +49 (0)30 314 21720
Interests: all assessment and management tools for environmental and sustainability performance from carbon footprint; water footprint via life cycle assessment; social LCA; life cycle costing, resource efficiency; eco-efficiency towards life cycle sustainability assessment
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 organisations remains in the real and substantial implementation of the sustainabilty concept. At the core of the implementation challenge is the question, how sustainability can be measured, especially for products and processes. As long as these questions are not answered, there will be no consistent development towards sustainability and the use of the term remains arbitrary.
My hypothesis is, that the systems or life cycle approach has to be applied for all sustainability dimensions (environmental, economical, social) in order to achieve reliable and robust results. This can be put in the conceptual formula based on Klöpffer:
LCSA = LCA + LCC + SLCA
LCSA -= Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment
LCA -= Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
LCC -= LCA-type Life Cycle Costing
SLCA -= Social Life Cycle Assessment
This special issue seeks to demonstrate the important role that life cycle approaches can play for measuring sustainability. It is intended to provide a forum for scientific progress on both the overall concept of life cycle sustainability assessment as well as the individual tools supporting it.
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- life cycle sustainability assessment
- life cycle assessment
- life cycle costing
- social lca
Sustainability 2010, 2(10), 3309-3322; doi:10.3390/su2103309
Received: 31 August 2010; in revised form: 19 October 2010 / Accepted: 21 October 2010 / Published: 22 October 2010| Download PDF Full-text (174 KB)
Article: A Life-Cycle Approach to Characterising Environmental and Economic Impacts of Multifunctional Land-Use Systems: An Integrated Assessment in the UK
Sustainability 2010, 2(12), 3747-3776; doi:10.3390/su2123747
Received: 8 November 2010; Accepted: 30 November 2010 / Published: 15 December 2010| Download PDF Full-text (225 KB)
Review: The Use of Reference Values in Indicator-Based Methods for the Environmental Assessment of Agricultural Systems
Sustainability 2011, 3(2), 424-442; doi:10.3390/su3020424
Received: 6 December 2010; in revised form: 27 January 2011 / Accepted: 31 January 2011 / Published: 16 February 2011| Download PDF Full-text (237 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2011, 3(2), 469-499; doi:10.3390/su3020469
Received: 18 January 2011; in revised form: 17 February 2011 / Accepted: 18 February 2011 / Published: 23 February 2011| Download PDF Full-text (698 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2011, 3(3), 518-530; doi:10.3390/su3030518
Received: 1 February 2011; in revised form: 16 February 2011 / Accepted: 28 February 2011 / Published: 21 March 2011| Download PDF Full-text (212 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2011, 3(4), 562-577; doi:10.3390/su3040562
Received: 17 January 2011; in revised form: 27 February 2011 / Accepted: 14 March 2011 / Published: 30 March 2011| Download PDF Full-text (266 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Proportioning of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Mixes for Pavement Construction and Their Impact on Environment and Cost
Sustainability 2011, 3(7), 965-983; doi:10.3390/su3070965
Received: 22 May 2011; Accepted: 16 June 2011 / Published: 8 July 2011| Download PDF Full-text (734 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2011, 3(11), 2268-2288; doi:10.3390/su3112268
Received: 19 October 2011; in revised form: 8 November 2011 / Accepted: 9 November 2011 / Published: 18 November 2011| Download PDF Full-text (327 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 23 February 2011