Advertisement

Life Cycle Management Capability: An Alternative Approach to Sustainability Assessment

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Life Cycle Assessment Sustainability Assessment Capability Model Social Life Cycle Assessment Sustainability Indicator 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    United Nations Environmental Programme (2009) Guidelines for social life cycle assessment of products. UNEP, ParisGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    <http://www.estis.net/sites/lcinit/default.asp?site=lcinit&page_id=A89926 20-AAAD-4B81-9BAC-A72AEA281CB9> (accessed 17.03.2011).
  3. 3.
    <http://fr1.estis.net/sites/calcas/default.asp?site=calcas&page_id=E2669B0 F-9DB7-4D1E-95B0-407BC7949030> (accessed 17.03.2011)
  4. 4.
    Swarr TE, Fava J (2007) A capability model for life cycle management. Third International Conference on Life Cycle Management, ZurichGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
  6. 6.
    Sukhoo A, Barnard A, Eloff MM, van der Poll JA (2007) An evolutionary software project management maturity model for Mauritius. Interdiscip J Inf Knowl Manage 2:99–118.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    National Research Council (1999) Our common journey: A transition toward sustainability. National Academic Press, Washington DCGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    van Zeijl-Rozema A, Martens P (2010) An adaptive indicator framework for monitoring regional sustainable development: A case study of the INSURE project in Limburg, The Netherlands. Sustainability Sci Pract Policy 6:6–17.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Swarr TE, Fava J, Jensen AA, Valdivia S, Vigon B (2010) A capability framework to promote life cycle management practices in lower tier suppliers. SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting, PortlandGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Scholtes PR (1998) The Leader's handbook: A guide to inspiring your people and managing the daily workflow. McGraw–Hill, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Sterman JD, Repenning N, Kofman F (1997) Unanticipated side effects of successful quality programs: Exploring a paradox of organizational improvement. Manage Sci 43:501–521.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Hart SL (1995) A natural- resource - based view of the firm. Acad Manage Rev 20:986–1014.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    <http://www.unep_cmm.airset.com/> (accessed 18.03.2011)
  14. 14.
    Kaplan RS (1998) Innovation action research: Creating new management theory and practice. J Manage Account Res 10:89–118.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Environmental Protection Authority (2004) Greening the supply chain: Greener business alliance project report. EPA, South AustraliaGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

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

Personalised recommendations