The Environmental Performance Strategy Map: an integrated LCA approach to support the strategic decision-making process

 

Luca De Benedetto, a and Jiří Klemeša

aEC Marie Curie Chair (EXC) “INEMAGLOW”, Research Institute of Chemical Technology and Process Engineering, FIT, University of Pannonia, Egyetem ut 10, Veszprém, H-8200, Hungary

Abstract

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a well-known tool for analyzing environmental impacts on a wide perspective with reference to a product system and the related environmental and economic impacts. The need for a novel approach that complements environmental and financial considerations is addressed in this study with the introduction of a new graphical representation: the Environmental Performance Strategy Map. This graphical map allows one to combine the main environmental indicators (footprints) with the additional dimension of cost. The paper defines the Sustainable Environmental Performance Indicator as a single measure for sustainability of a given option. Comparison of different options for strategic decision-making purposes can be enhanced and facilitated by the use of this indicator.

Keywords: LCA; Sustainable environmental performance; Footprints; Energy efficiency; Environmental burden reduction

Journal of Cleaner Production xxx (2009) 1–7

doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.02.012   

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