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The LCIA midpoint-damage framework of the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative

Olivier Jolliet, Ruedi Mueller-Wenk, Jane Bare, Alan Brent, Mark Goedkoop, Reinout Heijungs, Norihiro Itsubo, Claudia Peña, David Pennington, José Potting, Gerald Rebitzer, Mary Stewart, Helias Udo De Haes & Bo Weidema

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abstract Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methods can be grouped into two families: classical methods determining impact category indicators at an intermediate position of the impact pathways (e.g. ozone depletion potentials) and damage-oriented methods aiming at more easily interpretable results in the form of damage indicators at the level of the ultimate societal concern (e.g. human health damage). The Life Cycle Initiative, a joint project between UNEP1 and SETAC2, proposes a comprehensive LCA framework to combine these families of methods. The new framework takes a world-wide perspective, so that LCA will progress towards a tool meeting the needs of both developing and developed countries. By a more precise and broadly agreed description of main framework elements, the Life Cycle Initiative expects to provide a common basis for the further development of mutually consistent impact assessment methods.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
language Deutsch
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-11-2004
journal The international journal of life cycle assessment (Int.J.LCA)
publisher Ecomed Publ. (Landsberg)
ISSN 0948-3349
ISSN (online) 1614-7502
DOI 10.1007/BF02979083
volume of journal 9
number of issue 6
page(s) 394-404
review not reviewed
   
citation Jolliet, O., Mueller-Wenk, R., Bare, J., Brent, A., Goedkoop, M., Heijungs, R., Itsubo, N., Peña, C., Pennington, D., Potting, J., Rebitzer, G., Stewart, M., de Haes, H. U., & Weidema, B. (2004). The LCIA midpoint-damage framework of the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. The international journal of life cycle assessment (Int.J.LCA), 9(6), 394-404, DOI:10.1007/BF02979083.