From April 24-26 in Paris, a group of LCA specialists currently participating in the UNEP’s Life Cycle Initiative met with a number of academics and LCA consultants who pioneered the development of social LCA. Marie Vuaillat, EVEA’s Mission Director and primary Social LCA expert, participated.
The goal of this workshop was to update the international guidelines for the use of social LCA and to develop a new version of the guide that covers them. 10 years after the publication of the first UNEP/SETAC guide on social LCA, interest in the subject has increased considerably; several new methods, data, and case studies have since been published that subsequently contributed to its evolution; updating the guidelines became a necessary next step.
Topics of discussion at the workshop included typologies of social LCA, current social LCA guidelines and how they should be presented in the new guide, and how to communicate on and critically review social projects.
This was an opportunity for EVEA to contribute our expertise in social LCA, and to continue to strengthen it. On a larger scale it helped us continue working towards our overall mission: to always practice the best LCA methods and to share our expertise with others.
The next step for the development of the guide is a pilot phase, where use of the guide will be tested by businesses before its publication in April 2020.
If participation in the pilot phase interests you, or if you want to know more about EVEA’s role in this project, contact us!
To know more about the revision of the social LCA guidelines, please visit the Social LC Alliance’s website.
Participants in the workshop included social LCA specialists from PRé Consultants, LCA 2.0, CIRAIG, University of Ghent, University of Aachen, and others.