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Title: Bridging the gap between LCA, LCC and CBA as sustainability assessment tools.
Authors: HOOGMARTENS, Rob
VAN PASSEL, Steven
VAN ACKER, Karel
DUBOIS, Maarten
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REVIEW, 48, p. 27-33
Abstract: Increasing interest in sustainability has led to the development of sustainability assessment tools such as Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA). Due to methodological disparity of these three tools, conflicting assessment results generate confusion for many policy and business decisions. In order to interpret and integrate assessment results, the paper provides a framework that clarifies the connections and coherence between the included assessment methodologies. Building on this framework, the paper further focuses on key aspects to adapt any of the methodologies to full sustainability assessments. Aspects dealt with in the review are for example the reported metrics, the scope, data requirements, discounting, product- or project-related and approaches with respect to scarcity and labor requirements. In addition to these key aspects, the review shows that important connections exist: (i) the three tools can cope with social inequality, (ii) processes such as valuation techniques for LCC and CBA are common, (iii) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is used as input in both LCA and CBA and (iv) LCA can be used in parallel with LCC. Furthermore, the most integrated sustainability approach combines elements of LCA and LCC to achieve the Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA). The key aspects and the connections referred to in the review are illustrated with a case study on the treatment of end-of-life automotive glass.
Notes: Hoogmartens, R (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Fac Business Econ, Ctr Environm Sci, Agoralaan,Bldg D, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. rob.hoogmartens@uhasselt.be; steven.vanpassel@uhasselt.be; karel.vanacker@lrd.kuleuven.be; maarten.dubois@kuleuven.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16954
DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2014.05.001
ISI #: 000340141900004
ISSN: 0195-9255
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2015
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