United Nations Environment Programme

Why Take A Life Cycle Approach?

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In 2002, the United Nations Environment Programme, (UNEP), joined forces with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) to launch the Life Cycle Initiative, an international partnership to put life cycle thinking into practice. The initiative is a response to the call from governments for a life cycle economy in the Malmö Declaration (2000), and it contributes to the 10-year framework of programmes to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, as requested at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002). The first action of the Life Cycle Initiative was to draft definition studies to determine a road map for the next years on how to develop and disseminate practical tools for evaluating the opportunities, risks, and trade-offs associated with products and services over their entire life cycle to achieve sustainable development.

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