Goal and Scope Definition in Life Cycle Assessment

  • Mary Ann Curran

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Martin Baitz
    Pages 123-143
  3. Martina Prox, Mary Ann Curran
    Pages 145-160
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 169-170

About this book


This book describes the importance of the goal and scope phase for the entire LCA study. In this first phase of the LCA framework (ISO standardized), the purpose of the assessment is defined and decisions are made about the details of the industrial system being studied and how the study will be conducted. Selecting impact categories, category indicators, characterization models, and peer review is decided during goal and scope definition. The book provides practical guidance and an overview of LCIA methods available in LCA software. Although not specified in the ISO standards, Attributional LCA and Consequential LCA are presented in order to appropriately determine the goal and scope of an assessment. The book closes with the interconnection between goal and scope definition and the interpretation phase. Example goal and scope documents for attributional and consequential LCAs are provided in the annexes.


Attributional LCA (ALCA) Characterisation Factor Characterisation Model Consequential LCA (CLCA) Critical Review Functional Unit Impact Category Interpretation ISO 14040 ISO 14044

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary Ann Curran
    • 1
  1. 1.BAMAC Ltd.Rock HillUSA

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