UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative - Flagship Project 3a (Phase 1)
Hotspots Analysis: mapping of existing methodologies, tools and guidance and initial recommendations for the development of global guidance
This research is funded by the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and forms part of the delivery of all three (3) of the objectives of its Phase 3 strategy, namely:
Objective 1: Building the Science Enhance the global consensus and relevance of existing and emerging life cycle methodologies and data management
Objective 2: Building the Capacity Expand capability worldwide to apply and to improve life cycle approaches; making them operational for organisations
Objective 3: Supporting the Demand Communicate current life cycle knowledge and be the global voice of the Life Cycle community to influence and partner with stakeholders
This research project forms the first phase of the Life Cycle Initiative‟s Flagship Project 3a, in which global hotspots analysis methodologies will be mapped and analysed to identify and understand their commonalities and differences. Ultimately the outcome of this study will be used to produce: a common methodological framework and global guidance for sustainability hotspots analysis; a protocol for the appropriate use and communication of sustainability information derived from hotspots analysis; and to evaluate and, if possible, implement a range of options to bring together the findings from existing hotspots studies to provide a richer, global picture of sustainability hotspots in the economy and society. The target audience for this study are hotspots analysis methodology owners/developers, users (entry-level through to experts), as well as interested observers and anyone with an interest in creating greater alignment / harmonization and consistency among existing approaches to hotspots analysis.
The project also supports many of the objectives and needs of the programmes within the United Nations Environment Programme‟s 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP on SCP), including the 10YFP programmes on Consumer Information (CIP), Sustainable Lifestyles and Education, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Public Procurement, Sustainable Tourism, including Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Buildings and Construction.
WRAP; PE INTERNATIONAL; Cd2e; World Resources Forum; UN Online Volunteer Programme.