ILC CHAIR RESEARCH PROGRAM
Consolidation and improvement of LCA Sustainability metrics and planetary boundaries Matching LCA / CSR and strategic decision-making Circular economy and its operationalization issues

Consolidation and improvement of LCA

The first research program aims to consolidate, improve and develop environmental (ELCA) and social life cycle assessment (SLCA) tools.

Sustainability metrics and planetary boundaries

In the context of the COP21 international climate negotiations (Paris 2015), there is significant pressure to decarbonise the economy. Rigorous and credible quantitative sustainability indicators are required for numerous reasons, such as ensuring that global warming remains below 2°C and limiting irreversible biodiversity impacts to name only a few. In order to transform LCA into a tool to assess absolute sustainability, it is important to integrate reference values for what has been recognized as sustainable in terms of environmental impact by the scientific or international community into its models.

Matching LCA / CSR and strategic decision-making

There is new interest in social issues and expectations in terms of sustainability, and businesses must take their responsibilities and direct their organizational behaviours and processes. Initially focused on products, life cycle thinking is increasingly integrated into strategic corporate decision-making processes. The third research program will explore ways to match life cycle approaches and social responsibility considering an organization’s strategic planning.

Circular economy and its operationalization issues

In view of the fact that businesses, being very drawn to the concept, must now position themselves, the fourth research program aims to explore the concept of the circular economy and its operationalization issues.