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LCA Options for Sustainable Governance Assessed

63 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2012  

Klaus Jacob

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science

Henrik Vagt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Frieder Rubik

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gjalt Huppes

CML-IE

Tomas Ekvall

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Date Written: March 15, 2012

Abstract

This paper describes and analyses challenges for the further development of Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) and other LCA-related tools from a governance perspective, considering their application context in policy and business and the linkages between policy and science. It will be investigated how LCA can be further developed to make it more relevant for supporting both public and private applications in a “new governance” framework. The paper furthermore attempts to elaborate what environmental information is required in sustainability-oriented decision-making, and how the relevant information for sustainability decision-making can be supplied. This applies to different levels of policies, ranging from specific environmental to broader sustainability policies as well as product policy, technology policy and innovation policy. The paper has been developed as part of the international research project “CALCAS co-ordination action for innovation in life-cycle analysis for sustainability”.

Keywords: Life-Cycle Analysis, New Governance

Suggested Citation

Jacob, Klaus and Vagt, Henrik and Rubik, Frieder and Huppes, Gjalt and Ekvall, Tomas, LCA Options for Sustainable Governance Assessed (March 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2023111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2023111

Klaus Jacob (Contact Author)

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science ( email )

14195 Berlin
Germany

Henrik Vagt

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Frieder Rubik

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Gjalt Huppes

CML-IE ( email )

PO Box 9518
Leiden, ZH NL-1012DE
Netherlands

Tomas Ekvall

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute ( email )

Valhallavägen 81
Stockholm, 114 27
Sweden

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