LCA provides the evidence base for circular economy – Opinion piece by Maartje Sevenster, President, ALCAS

Life cycle assessment (LCA) has been the toolbox for sustainable products for decades, but it is fair to say that it hasn’t quite gained the level of popularity that could go with such a claim to fame. But maybe it doesn’t need to be popular.

Large brushstroke visions like cradle-to-cradle, bio-economy and circular economy should be the drivers of the necessary change, with LCA providing the evidence base making sure we choose optimal solutions and avoid unintended consequences. Without needing to know all the details, the broader sustainability community will benefit from understanding when and how LCA can be of use to them.

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