Consequential Life Cycle Assessment: What, How, and Why?

Miguel Brando, Michael Martin, Annette Cowie, Lorie Hamelin, Alessandra Zamagni

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This article provides guidelines for conducting consequential life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. It presents the main features of two alternative approaches used in LCA-attributional and consequential-and describes how consequential LCA can be performed consistently and appropriately, with an example provided to guide practitioners. It is argued that, despite its limitations, consequential LCA is a robust approach for estimating important indirect effects of products.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies
ISBN (Electronic)9780128046777
ISBN (Print)9780128047927
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)

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Brando, M., Martin, M., Cowie, A., Hamelin, L., & Zamagni, A. (2017). Consequential Life Cycle Assessment: What, How, and Why? In Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies Elsevier.