The ILCD handbook was developed by the Institute for Environment and Sustainability in the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), in co-operation with the Environment DG. It is part of the Commission's promotion of sustainable consumption and production patterns. The ILCD Handbook is in line with international standards and has been established through a series of extensive public and stakeholder consultations.
The JRC has just released a Reference Report (JRC RR) as an umbrella document for the guidance documents of the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook. This JRC RR provides overview information on the components of the ILCD Handbook and their interrelationship, as well as supporting documents and tools. For policy developers, contracting officers and scientific officers it provides guidance on referring to the ILCD Handbook and its related components in policy and business context, such as in policies, for service contracts and for research contracts.
The aim of the European Platform on LCA is to support businesses and public authorities in the implementation of Sustainable Consumption and Production. The support is provided with guidance on consistent and quality-assured life cycle data, methods and assessments. The European Platform on LCA hosts also a selection of tools, reference data and recommended methods for LCA studies.
Integration of resource efficiency and waste management criteria in European product policies – Second phase
In September 2011 the project “Integration of resource efficiency and waste management criteria in European product policies – Second phase” started, and it has been concluded in December 2012.
The project aimed at developing methods for the integration of material resource efficiency in EU product policies and to identify and assess potentially relevant requirements for the European product’s policies.
Life cycle based indicators are essential to monitor progress towards sustainable consumption and production, with particular focus on the decoupling of environmental impacts from economic growth. The framework developed for life cycle based indicators include:
- decoupling indicators (resource efficiency indicators),
- basket-of-product indicators,
- waste management indicators.
[NEW] The reports describing the framework and all indicators are available below.
To provide a more informed and science-based support to policy-making, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) together with the Commission’s Directorate General Environment (DG ENV) has developed a series of guidance documents on how to apply Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to the waste management sector in a coherent and quality-assured manner.
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) have been developed in close cooperation with the Directorate General for the Environment (DG ENV) in response to several policy documents and requests, amongst others the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan (2008) and the Resource Efficiency Roadmap (2011).
The main aim of this project is to operationalize land use in LCA in the framework of the ILCD guidance (and the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative). The scientific challenges relate to the omission of land use interventions in LCA, despite the existence of relatively new conceptual frameworks and methods (in the last 15 years).
The European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production Round Table aims at promoting a science-based, coherent approach to sustainable consumption and production in the food sector across Europe, taking into account environmental interventions at all stages of the food supply chain.
The structure of European Food SCP Round Table allows to take a harmonised, life cycle approach and facilitates an open and results-driven dialogue among all players along the food chain.