Review of methodologies for Social LCA

Andreas Jørgensen, Michael Zwicky Hauschild

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    Abstract

    During the last years the interest for including social impacts in LCA has grown steadily, resulting in several preliminary Social LCA (SLCA) methodology proposals. A review of 12 methodological proposals has been made covering the most of what has been proposed as Social LCA until now focusing on their approaches to the goal and scope definition, inventory, and impact assessment phases of LCA. The review concludes that a main methodical difference lies in the definition of impact categories to be included in the assessment as well as in the formulation of indicators. Another challenging aspect is the data collection. Some SLCA proposals opinion that the use of generic process data is not feasible in SLCA, because social impacts are claimed not to be process specific but rather company specific. This change could easily imply a strong need for site-specific data leading to a very demanding data collection process. The review shows that the field of SLCA is still being framed, and that there is presently limited consensus on the approaches and that a fully developed method to support a full SLCA applying calculation procedures as known from LCA is not yet available.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventSETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting: World under stress : scientific and applied issues in environmental toxicology and chemistry. - Palace of Culture and Science congress centre, Warsaw, Poland
    Duration: 25 May 200829 May 2008
    Conference number: 18

    Conference

    ConferenceSETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting
    Number18
    LocationPalace of Culture and Science congress centre
    CountryPoland
    CityWarsaw
    Period25/05/200829/05/2008

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    Jørgensen, A., & Hauschild, M. Z. (2008). Review of methodologies for Social LCA. Poster session presented at SETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting, Warsaw, Poland.