Sustainability and earth resources: Life cycle assessment modeling

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Corporations are facing increasing risks associated with ecosystems from both natural drivers, such as climate change, as well as institutional drivers resulting from retailers and brands, increasingly making supplier decisions based on life cycle reporting and indexing. These efforts reflect a transition from traditional firm sustainability to a more quantitative product focus, within which the importance and weight of earth resources and ecosystems is dramatically increasing. This paper provides an overview of the limitations traditional life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and presents emerging developments to improve on LCA for resources and ecosystems. This includes LCA efforts to account for spatial relevance, indices of stress, stocks and flows and integrated valuation of services and trade-offs. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • O'Shea, T; Golden, JS; Olander, L

Published Date

  • November 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 429 - 441

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1099-0836

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0964-4733

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/bse.1745

Citation Source

  • Scopus