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Life Cycle Assessment and Evaluation of Solutions Towards Sustainable Development Goals

  • Serenella SalaEmail author
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Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a method for the systematic and integrated assessment of impacts addressing all steps along supply chains. LCA focuses primarily on assessing impacts due to emissions into the environment and resources use, life cycle costing (LCC) aims at assessing direct and indirect costs along the supply chain, and the social life cycle assessment (SLCA) complements this in relation to social issues. The appraisal method could be used to compare options and solutions toward achieving sustainable development goals, helping unveiling hotspot of impacts and possible trade-offs.


Over the past years, the concept of sustainable development has been continuously evolving. Indeed, the greatest challenge that humanity faces today is to ensure that human activities are compatible with the Earth’s resources and carrying capacity. Despite the fact that the concept of sustainable development has been...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)Directorate D: Sustainable Resource, Bioeconomy UnitIspraItaly

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