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Life Cycle Management

  • Illustrates how Life Cycle Management is or can be integrated into business practice, thereby creating sustainability within organizations

  • Provides thorough insight into Life Cycle Management, its origin, evolution and state of practice, including progress made and current challenges

  • Sketches the operationalization of Life Cycle Management in organizations and its linkage to business value creation

  • Contributors from both research and practice domains offer the reader a qualified and comprehensive understanding of this dynamic and increasingly relevant field of business practice

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introducing Life Cycle Management

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction: Life Cycle Management

      • Gerald Rebitzer
      Pages 3-6Open Access
    3. Life Cycle Management: Implementing Sustainability in Business Practice

      • Guido Sonnemann, Eskinder Demisse Gemechu, Arne Remmen, Jeppe Frydendal, Allan Astrup Jensen
      Pages 7-21Open Access
    4. Life Cycle Management as a Way to Operationalize Sustainability Within Organizations

      • Sarra Harbi, Manuele Margni, Yves Loerincik, Jon Dettling
      Pages 23-33Open Access
    5. How to Implement Life Cycle Management in Business?

      • Eskinder Demisse Gemechu, Guido Sonnemann, Arne Remmen, Jeppe Frydendal, Allan Astrup Jensen
      Pages 35-50Open Access
    6. Mainstreaming the Use of Life Cycle Management in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Using a Sector Based and Regional Approach

      • Naeem Adibi, Vanessa Pasquet, Aubin Roy, Alice Salamon, Jodie Bricout, Catherine Beutin et al.
      Pages 79-90Open Access
  3. Advancing the Implementation of Life Cycle Management in Business Practice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-91
    2. How to Make the Life Cycle Assessment Team a Business Partner

      • Mark Goedkoop, Eric Mieras, Anne Gaasbeek, Soledad Contreras
      Pages 105-115Open Access
    3. Sustainable Value Creation with Life Cycle Management

      • B. M. Krishna Manda, Henk Bosch, Ernst Worrell
      Pages 129-146Open Access
  4. Life Cycle Management as Part of Sustainable Consumption and Production Strategies and Policies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 147-147
    2. Hotspots Analysis: Providing the Focus for Action

      • Mark Barthel, James A. Fava, Curtis A. Harnanan, Philip Strothmann, Sofia Khan, Simon Miller
      Pages 149-167Open Access
    3. From Sustainable Production to Sustainable Consumption

      • Marc-Andree Wolf, Kirana Chomkhamsri
      Pages 169-193Open Access
    4. Life Cycle Management Responsibilities and Procedures in the Value Chain

      • Fritz Balkau, Eskinder Demisse Gemechu, Guido Sonnemann
      Pages 195-212Open Access
    5. Policy Options for Life Cycle Assessment Deployment in Legislation

      • Annekatrin Lehmann, Matthias Finkbeiner, Clare Broadbent, Russ T. Balzer
      Pages 213-224Open Access
  5. Mainstreaming and Capacity Building on Life Cycle Management

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 225-225

About this book

This book provides insight into the Life Cycle Management (LCM) concept and the progress in its implementation. LCM is a management concept applied in industrial and service sectors to improve products and services, while enhancing the overall sustainability performance of business and its value chains. In this regard, LCM is an opportunity to differentiate through sustainability performance on the market place, working with all departments of a company such as research and development, procurement and marketing, and to enhance the collaboration with stakeholders along a company’s value chain. LCM is used beyond short-term business success and aims at long-term achievements by minimizing environmental and socio-economic burden, while maximizing economic and social value.


  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cycle management
  • Resource productivity
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable value creation


“The book succeeds in achieving all the stated goals, and I recommend it to a vast audience of scientists and professionals. Indeed, it is very valuable for the scientific community. It provides the state-of-the-art reference supported by a comprehensive bibliography and adopts a rigorous scientific approach. Moreover, it is also of strong interest for practitioners and professionals, in both private and public organizations, with many examples of practical applications.” (Paolo Masoni, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Vol. 21, 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Bordeaux, ISM, UMR 5255, Talence Cedex, France

    Guido Sonnemann

  • CIRAIG, Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Canada

    Manuele Margni

About the editors

Manuele Margni is associate professor at the Mathematical and Industrial Engineering department at Polytechnique Montréal. He is co-chair holder of the International Life Cycle Chair, a research unit of CIRAIG. His research activities aim to develop life cycle based tools to support sustainable production and consumption with a focus on the assessment of life cycle impacts, risks and benefits related to existing and new product systems. He co-developed USETox (, a model based on scientific consensus for characterizing human and ecotoxicological impacts of chemical emissions, the life cycle impact assessment methodology IMPACT 2002+ and its update IMPACT World+. He’s teaching environmental modeling of toxic emissions, life cycle assessment and sustainable manufacturing classes. Parallel to his research activities Manuele gained a considerable experience working together with industry co-founding two companies: Ecointesys and Quanis, this latter being a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Inst

itute of Technology, where he still retain a key advisory role.


Bibliographic Information

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