GLRPPR Sector Resource: Global Guidance Principles for Life Cycle Assessment Databases: A Basis for Greener Processes and Products
Global Guidance Principles for Life Cycle Assessment Databases: A Basis for Greener Processes and Products
As products and services have become more geographically diverse in their resources, manufacturing and assembly operations, usage, and final disposition, the need for LCA users to obtain data that accurately and consistently measure the resource consumption and environmental aspects of those activities has never been more acute. Providing a sound scientific basis for product stewardship in business and industry and for life cycle--based policies in governments ultimately helps to advance the sustainability of products and society's economic activities. For the past two decades, databases have been developed, maintained, and updated by different general database providers, by academics and researchers, by industry sector database providers, and by industry internal groups. The primary basis for development of global guidance principles is the belief that agreement on recommended practices for data collection, modelling, aggregation, and insertion in databases exists for a large percentage of the aspects to be addressed. Thus, the workshop that resulted in this global guidance principles document focused on getting consensus on aspects where prior agreement was not achieved.
United Nations Environment Programme
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