Many strategic developments of recent time include life cycle aspects. Systematic approaches are possible with the following services:

Life cycle thinking in policy making

The concept of Life Cycle Thinking integrates existing consumption and production strategies towards a more coherent policy making and in industry, employing a bundle of life cycle based approaches and tools. By considering the whole life cycle, the shifting of problems from one life cycle stage to another, from one geographic area to another and from one environmental medium or protection target to another is avoided.

Monitoring the effects of environmental policy

Process of following up the effects of the decisions and actions established in the environmental policy. Environmental performance monitoring measures the success of environmental policies and programmes.

Environmental technologies action plan (ETAP)

A life cycle based European strategy for eco-innovation and environmental technologies. It is composed of actions around three main themes: Getting from Research to Markets; Improving Market Conditions; Acting globally. A key aspect is the setting of performance targets for products, that base upon the technical and economic feasibility of their implementation in relationship to the potential improvement for the environment.

Waste management strategies

Evaluation of the different options available for dealing with waste and their environmental and/or economic desirability.

Strategic environmental assessment

SEA (EU Directive 2001/42/EC) is a process to ensure that significant environmental effects arising from policies, plans and programmes are identified, assessed, mitigated, communicated to decision-makers, monitored and that opportunities for public involvement are provided. In several MS a life cycle perspective is integrated into the directive implementation.

Training courses

In targeted training courses, you may learn mre about how to employ of life cycle thinking into policy making towards more coherent policies.