Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment” published — road testing to begin!

Nearly 70 participants of the flagship working group have been drafting and validating the “Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment” over the past two years. The long-awaited publication is now available for download. The authors expect the guidance document to support a broader application of organizational LCA. (3.5.2015)

The next step is to road test the guidance document in about 10 real organizations. By applying Organizational LCA to those organizations we aim to proof the potential of the methodology, add more experiences and promote its further use, and test the clarity of the document.

For more information on the project, the guidance, and the road-testing phase, consult the flagship activity page.

Training material for developing LCM capability now available

The Initiative is delighted to announce the launch of a final version of the “Life Cycle Management-Capability Maturity Model” (LCM-CMM) material, after a review process involving its lead author (Professor Tom Swarr), input from trainees, and comments from the life cycle community through the Initiative’s website. The aim of the “LCM-CMM” is to focus on capability development and implementation to fully operationalize and mainstream LCA in product development, marketing, and strategic decision-making in business. From a practical point of view, this approach aims at continuously raising the organizational maturity of an entity and its suppliers in order to make value chains more sustainable. To make that happen, the capability framework divides sustainability concepts into smaller elements, with specific objectives tailored to the current state of knowledge and practice of the organization. The LCM-CMM Workbook and the training slides are now freely available for download. (11.2015)