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Title: Expanding the scope of LCA to include 'societal value': A framework and methodology for assessing positive product impacts
Authors: Shin, Kei Lok Felix
Colwill, James
Young, R.I.M.
Keywords: Sustainable development
Product Development
Eco-design methodology
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Elsevier
Citation: SHIN, K.L.F., COLWILL, J. and YOUNG, R.I.M., 2015. Expanding the scope of LCA to include 'societal value': A framework and methodology for assessing positive product impacts. Procedia CIRP, 29, pp. 366-371.
Abstract: As resources become scarcer, efficiency improvements alone will not bridge the widening gap between supply and demand, resulting in the need for additional non-financial mechanisms to ensure the fairer allocation of resources. This paper asserts that, in the future, companies will need to demonstrate their products' positive contribution to society as well as minimising their negative environmental/soci al impacts. A review and analysis of existing tools and assessment methodologies identifies current capabilities and highlights the need for 'Societal Value' assessment that considers both quantitative and qualitative factors .This paper concludes by proposing a systematic framework for addressing the 'Societal Value' of products as part of an integrate sustainability assessment and allows the evaluation and comparison beyond products' shared functionality.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. It was also presented at : 22nd CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), Univ New S. Wales, Sydney, 7-9th April 2015.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.076
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21608
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.076
ISSN: 2212-8271
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Presentations (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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