Chapter 30: Handbook on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment: take-aways and outlook
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The aim of this chapter is to present our take-away messages from the entire Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) handbook and an outlook for future work. We see capacity building and technical assistance as key activities for integrating a product-level life cycle sustainability assessment in policies on sustainable consumption and production as well as on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this a focus on priority clusters is important. We have also identified the opportunity for Life Cycle Sustainability Management to function as an approach to integrate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria in business practice. Another way for LCSA to become mainstream is through the extension of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to Sustainability Product Declarations (SPDs) for communication and dissemination purposes. Finally, we believe that advanced digital technologies will facilitate the visualisation and communication of LCSA results.

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