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European Platform on LCA

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The European Commission provides support and guidance to business and policy makers in Life Cycle Thinking and Assessment and to this effect has established a European Platform on LCA, as well as a reference database. It has also published the International Reference Life Cycle Data Systems (ILCD) Handbook, described in a JRC Reference Report, which is in line with the ISO standards on LCA.  The ILCD Handbook is a series of technical documents that provide guidance for good practice for LCA in industry and government. It consists of the following documents:

  • General guide for Life Cycle Assessment – Detailed guidance;
  • General guide for Life Cycle Assessment – Provisions and Action Steps;
  • Specific guide for Life Cycle Inventory data sets;
  • Recommendations based on existing environmental impact assessment models and factors for Life Cycle Assessment in a European context;
  • Framework and requirements for Life Cycle Impact Assessment models and indicators;
  • Review schemes for Life Cycle Assessment;
  • Reviewer qualification for Life Cycle Inventory data sets;
  • Review scope, methods and documentation;
  • Nomenclature and other conventions;
  • Terminology.