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UNEP initiative analyses new approaches in life-cycle management


The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative involves experts from research bodies and the private sector to analyze new trends and produce guides on new approaches in life-cycle based tools and management.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) launched an International Life Cycle Partnership, known as the Life Cycle Initiative, to enable users around the world to put life cycle thinking into effective practice. The initiative responds the call by Governments around the world for a life cycle economy in the Malmo Declaration (2000). It contributes to the 10-Year Framework of Programmes to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Life cycle is about going beyond the traditional focus on production site and manufacturing processes to include the environmental, social, and economic impact of a product over its entire life cycle, from cradle to cradle.


  • Enhance the global consensus and relevance of existing and emerging life cycle approaches methodology
  • Facilitate the use of life cycle approaches worldwide by encouraging life cycle thinking in decision-making in business, government and the general public about natural resources, materials and products targeted at consumption clusters
  • Expand capability worldwide to apply and improve life cycle approaches