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Session 6.1: Methodology: Applying S-LCA at early stages of product development
11:15am - 12:45pm
Session Chair: Paola Lettieri Session Chair: Martina Pucciarelli
Society is one of the fundamental aspects to consider when assessing the sustainability of emerging products and novel technologies. Social advantages and drawbacks linked to their utilisation are typically straightforward to recognise; however, the utilisation phase comprises only a part of the life cycle. Indeed, social aspects associated with the production chain and the end of life should also be considered.
When novel technologies and emerging products are assessed from a social point of view, one of the main challenges is represented by the availability of data. Data are fundamental to creating a life cycle inventory, identifying the stakeholders, categories and sub-categories, and quantifying social impacts. Nevertheless, having preliminary information on the social impacts of emerging products and novel technologies could support future actions focusing on minimising or avoiding negative social consequences.
In this session, we invite contributions addressing issues related to S-LCA studies of novel products and emerging technologies, addressing issues concerning the data collection, inventory creation, categories and sub-categories selection and assessment of social impacts.
Social Life Cycle Assessment for the evaluation of the PEOPLE pillar of corporate sustainability: A case study of a French Biorefinery
Maame Afua Yeboah Appiah-Nuamah
Sphera Solutions GmbH, Germany
Social Risks in the Wood Processing Industries in Austria – A Generic Analysis of Sectoral Differences