UNEP/SETAC International Life Cycle Initiative

Process on "Global Guidance for LCA Databases"



1. Project title: UNEP/SETAC International Life Cycle Initiative - Process on "Global Guidance for LCA Databases"

2. Type of Project: Co-Governed

3. Number of Participants: About 50 members who are recognized practitioners and experts in the Life Cycle Community

4. Scope of the project: Global

5. Period: September 2009 - Ongoing

6. Specific Goals
  • To step up a process in order to develop a global guidance document for LCA databases. The process will assist in reaching consensus by arriving at an agreement among the leading LCA database experts worldwide on the content of a global guidance document for LCA databases which then will be drafted as part of the process.
  • To provide a platform to discuss related issues and to achieve consensus. One important event will be the Pellston Workshop gathering experts in 2011
  • The results of the process including the 2011 Workshop will serve the regional, national as well as industry database initiatives in their efforts. 

7. Outputs until now:
  • Steering committee to overview the process was set up in February 2010 with 12 participants representing Governments, Industry and Academia/NGO
  • The Workplan has been produced and reviewed by the Steering Committee to emphasize the international nature and scope of the process
  • Promotional documents including a flyer and website to effectively communicate the Global LCA database guidance process are completed
  • Pellston Workshop on Global Guidance Principles for LCA Databases: Shonan, Japan, 30 January to 4 February 2011
  • Global Guidance Principles for LCA Databases published.
8. Progress done so far: 100% 

9. Next Meetings:
- Guidance Principles Workshop, Tokyo, Japan, January 27, 2012

10. Project Leaders and chairs of the Global Guidance Process
United Nations Environment Programme
Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)


Publicly available documents




How can interested persons get involved in this project?
Please contact: ilci@unep.org