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Expanding the scope of LCA to include 'societal value': A framework and methodology for assessing positive product impacts

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posted on 13.06.2016, 10:20 authored by Felix Shin, James ColwillJames Colwill, Robert I.M. Young
As resources become scarcer, efficiency improvements alone will not bridge the widening gap between supply and demand, resulting in the need for additional non-financial mechanisms to ensure the fairer allocation of resources. This paper asserts that, in the future, companies will need to demonstrate their products' positive contribution to society as well as minimising their negative environmental/soci al impacts. A review and analysis of existing tools and assessment methodologies identifies current capabilities and highlights the need for 'Societal Value' assessment that considers both quantitative and qualitative factors .This paper concludes by proposing a systematic framework for addressing the 'Societal Value' of products as part of an integrate sustainability assessment and allows the evaluation and comparison beyond products' shared functionality.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

22nd CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) 22ND CIRP CONFERENCE ON LIFE CYCLE ENGINEERING

Volume

29

Pages

366 - 371 (6)

Citation

SHIN, K.L.F., COLWILL, J. and YOUNG, R.I.M., 2015. Expanding the scope of LCA to include 'societal value': A framework and methodology for assessing positive product impacts. Procedia CIRP, 29, pp. 366-371.

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© The Authors. Published by Elsevier

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. It was also presented at : 22nd CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), Univ New S. Wales, Sydney, 7-9th April 2015.

ISSN

2212-8271

Language

en

Location

Univ New S Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA