Review of methods addressing freshwater use in life cycle inventory and impact assessment
Journal article, 2013

The project “review of methods addressing water” aims at reviewing and performing a systematic qualitative review of existing methods (environmental models, characterization methods, and life cycle impact assessment methods) linked to the assessment of water use. This work looks at similarities and differences between the characterization methods, identifies the key elements to be considered when modeling the cause effect chains in water assessment and provides indications for deriving operational characterization methods and factors to assess water use in LCA. Scientific recommendations as well as industrial interim recommendations on inventory modeling, midpoint and impact assessment methods are formulated to support practitioners in their short term application.

human health


method review

ecosystem quality

Life cycle assessment

freshwater use


Anna Kounina


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

M Margni

École Polytechnique de Montréal


J-B Bayart


Veolia Group

A-M Boulay

École Polytechnique de Montréal

M Berger

Technische Universität Berlin

C Bulle

École Polytechnique de Montréal

R Frischknecht

ESU-services Ltd.

A Koehler

PE International

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

L Mila-i-Canals


M Motoshita

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

M Núñez


Gregory Peters

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemical Environmental Science

S Pfister

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

University of California

Aveny GmbH

B Ridoutt

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

R Van Zelm

Radboud University

F Verones

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

S Humbert


International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

0948-3349 (ISSN) 1614-7502 (eISSN)

Vol. 18 3 707-721

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Environmental Management

Environmental Sciences



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