Life cycle assessment as an analytical tool in strategic environmental assessment. Lessons learned from a case study on municipal energy planning in Sweden
2012 (English)In: Environmental impact assessment review, ISSN 0195-9255, E-ISSN 1873-6432, Vol. 32, no 1, 82-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is explored as an analytical tool in strategic environmental assessment (SEA), illustrated by case where a previously developed SEA process was applied to municipal energy planning in Sweden. The process integrated decision-making tools for scenario planning, public participation and environmental assessment. This article describes the use of LCA for environmental assessment in this context, with focus on methodology and practical experiences. While LCA provides a systematic framework for the environmental assessment and a wider systems perspective than what is required in SEA, LCA cannot address all aspects of environmental impact required, and therefore needs to be complemented by other tools. The integration of LCA with tools for public participation and scenario planning posed certain methodological challenges, but provided an innovative approach to designing the scope of the environmental assessment and defining and assessing alternatives.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 32, no 1, 82-87 p.
Strategic environmental assessment (SEA), Life cycle assessment (LCA), Scenarios, Public participation, Municipal energy plan
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-70027DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2011.04.001ISI: 000297874000009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80054892297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-70027DiVA: diva2:485822
QC 201201302012-01-302012-01-302012-01-30Bibliographically approved