About this book series

Life cycle assessment (LCA) has become the recognized instrument to assess the
ecological burdens and human health impacts connected with the complete life
cycle (creation, use, end-of-life) of products, processes, and activities, enabling the
assessor to model the entire system from which products are derived or in which
processes and activities operate. Due to the steady, world-wide growth of the field
of LCA, the wealth of information produced in journals, reports, books, and electronic
media has made it difficult for readers to stay abreast of activities and recent
developments in the field. This led to the realization of the need for a comprehensive
and authoritative publication.

LCA Compendium – The Complete World of Life Cycle Assessment discusses
the main drivers in LCA (SETAC, ISO, UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle), the strengths
and limitations of LCA, the LCA phases as defined by ISO standards, specific applications
of LCA, Life Cycle Management (LCM) and Life Cycle Sustainability
Assessment (LCSA). Further volumes, which are closely related to these themes
will cover examples of exemplary LCA studies ordered according to the importance
of the fields of application. They will also present new insights and new developments
and will keep the whole work current. The aim of the series is to provide a
well-structured treatise of the field of LCA to give orientation and guidance through
detailed descriptions on all steps necessary to conduct an LCA study according to
the state of the art.

LCA Compendium – The Complete World of Life Cycle Assessment anticipates
publishing volumes on the following themes:

• Background and Future Prospects in Life Cycle Assessment (published in March
• Goal and Scope Definition in Life Cycle Assessment (published in September
• Life Cycle Inventory Analysis (LCI) – Methods and Data (published 2021)
• Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) (published in March 2015)
• Interpretation as well as, Critical Review and Reporting in Life Cycle Assessment (in print 2021)
• Special Types of Life Cycle Assessment (published in July 2016)
• Life Cycle Management (LCM) (published in August 2015)
• Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA)
• Life Cycle Assessment Worldwide
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Series Editor
  • Walter Klöpffer,
  • Mary Ann Curran

Book titles in this series