Life Cycle Management Capability: An Alternative Approach to Sustainability Assessment

  • Thomas Swarr
  • James Fava
  • Allan Astrup Jensen
  • Sonia Valdivia
  • Bruce Vigon
Conference paper


There has been steady progress advancing life cycle assessment methods. However, application of LCA in business decision making has lagged. UNEP and SETAC are collaborating on development of a life cycle management capability maturity model to address this gap, particularly in small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME) with limited life cycle experience. The model provides a structured sequence of improvement actions that can speed organisational learning and deliver near- term business results. The framework also complements existing efforts to develop quantified sustainability performance measures by building the capacity of lower tier suppliers to make effective decisions based on their understanding of the local situation and according to their priorities. This should ensure the quality of the data provided as well as help further the development of sustainability indicators.


Life Cycle Assessment Sustainability Assessment Capability Model Social Life Cycle Assessment Sustainability Indicator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Swarr
    • 1
  • James Fava
    • 1
  • Allan Astrup Jensen
    • 2
  • Sonia Valdivia
    • 3
  • Bruce Vigon
    • 4
  1. 1.Five Winds InternationalPaoliUSA
  2. 2.Nordic Institute for Product Sustainability, Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (NIPSECT)FrederiksbergDenmark
  3. 3.United Nations Environment ProgrammeParisFrance
  4. 4.Society of Environmental Toxicology and ChemistryPensacolaUSA

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