Titled “Addressing Sustainable Development Goals in Life Cycle Sustainable Assessment: Synergies, challenges, and Needs,” this paper uses text-mining analysis to discover correlations between Life Cycle Sustainable Assessment (LCSA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The work aimed to further clarify the relationship between LCSA and SDGs by analyzing works that explicitly addressed the links between LCSA and SDGs, investigating the associations between product LCSA and SDGs, and discussing key challenges and needs relating to the connection of LCSA with SDG.


One of the paper’s conclusions was that ‘integrating and making sense of information referring to different sustainability aspects is a critical challenge’ and affirmed that the ORIENTING project is testing methods to integrate LCSA results.


Another significant finding is the identification of a lack of consensus and a harmonized approach for setting up and analyzing the connections between SDGs and LCSA. The interchangeability of impact categories (e.g., climate change) and indicators (e.g., global warming potential) is an example of an area where a more harmonious nomenclature could be implemented.


Congratulations to the ORIENTING project members, including ecoinvent Project Manager Thomas Sonderegger, who co-authored this paper.


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About the Journal of Cleaner Production

The Journal of Cleaner Production is an international, transdisciplinary journal that focuses on cleaner production, environmental, and sustainability research and practice. Cleaner production refers to preventing waste while increasing resource efficiency.


The JCP prides itself on its high-quality, homogenous peer review standards across the discipline of sustainability. In 2023 alone, the Journal received over thirty-nine thousand submissions, making it a busy, populated space for the latest developments in sustainability.

About the ORIENTING Project

The ORIENTING Project is committed to a holistic life cycle approach that integrates environmental, social, and economic impacts. The project aims to create a robust, operational methodology for LCSA through funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.