Framework of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Ruojue Lin, Yi Man, Jingzheng Ren

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With the development of economics and technologies, the public has begun to realize that low environmental impact is not the only target for sustainable development. The economic performances and the social impacts also play significant roles in sustainability of the study object. Consequently, a new sustainability assessment method has been raised—life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA)—which involves life cycle assessment (LCA) for environmental assessment, life cycle costing (LCC) for economic analysis, and social life cycle assessment (SLCA) for social performance evaluation. Several companies and researchers have adopted LCSA in real life case studies, and LCSA has become a widely used sustainability assessment tool. In this chapter, the frameworks of LCA, LCC, and SLCA are introduced, respectively, with case studies afterward. Then the relevant articles of LCSA are reviewed and summarized for analyzing the research trend.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision-Making
Subtitle of host publicationMethodologies and Case Studies
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128183557
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cycle costing
  • Life cycle sustainability assessment
  • Social life cycle assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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