2015/07/08 10:10 Jeroen Guinée, “Past, Present and Future of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment”, ISIE, U. Surrey

Plenary talk by Jeroen Guinée, Leiden University at “Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology”, 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, University of Surrey, Guildford, July 7-10, 2015

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Plenary talks for ISIE 2015 are by contributors to an open access volume, Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology, available online as open access e-book from Springer in fall 2015.  See the table of contents and the Springer book description.

Jeroen Guinée is Senior researcher at Universiteit Leiden, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML)

[Jeroen Guinée]

25 years in Leiden (NL):  SimaPro

LCA: Past, present and Future, Environ Sci Technol 2011 46

  • LCA added economic and social analysis

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (the book chapter)

  • Past:  1987, 2007, conception of LCSA; 2007-2010: debates on what exactly is LCSA?
  • Present 2010-2015:  trial and error
  • Future:  2016-onwards: main challenges


  • LCSA from Zhou et al. 2006/2007, where LCSA = LCA + LCC (which they didn’t use through the article), where LCC == carbon footprint
  • Klopffer & Remmer 2007:  LCSA = LCA + LCC + SLCA
  • Zamagni 209, Guienee 2011 expanded on above

TBL ++

  • Broadening of impacts based on Triple Bottom Line

Present, literature search

  • 23/30 broadening impacts
  • 11/30 broading analysis
  • 10/30 deepening


  • Broadening of impacts:  Proper qualitative and practical SLCA indicators
  • Broadening level of analysis:  Scenarios, emerging technology systems, products, futures
  • Deepending:  Dealing with uncertainties and rebound effects

Modes of LCA / LCSA:

  • Attributional
  • Back-casting
  • Consequential
  • Decision or Dynamic
  • Exergy