The Usefulness of an Actor’s Perspective in LCA
Paper in proceedings, 2011

This paper is an argumentation for adding an actor’s perspective to lifecycle assessment (LCA). The need for this perspective stems from a criticism about the usefulness of LCA interpretation methods comparing the relative contribution of life-cycle phases of a product. Our argumentation is based on four previously published studies providing practical examples of how value chain actors’ influence may be considered in an LCA and the benefit of doing so. Manufacturing sector examples show how one company's influence can be illustrated in results and how it may relate all relevant emissions to its own processes. The food sector study shows how to assess several value chain actors’ individual improvement potential. The final example, taken from building sector, explore how to consider the fact that actors in one part of the value chain can influence other actors to improve.

life-cycle management

Actor's LCA

decision making

Life-cycle assessment

Author

Henrikke Baumann

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Johanna Berlin

Birgit Brunklaus

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Mathias Lindkvist

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Birger Löfgren

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Anne-Marie Tillman

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Towards Life Cycle Sustainability Management

73-83

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Production

Energy

Subject Categories

Other Environmental Engineering

DOI

10.1007/978-94-007-1899-9_8

ISBN

978-94-007-1898-2

More information

Created

10/7/2017