Call for Abstracts
Call for abstracts is closed
We would like to thank all those who provided feedback for the call of sessions for S-LCA 2022. The review process is ongoing and will be followed by the conference program.
NB!! Full papers for best abstracts will be requested in a later stage for publication in a scientific journal.
Policy instruments and standardization processes
There are ongoing efforts in stepping-up policy response to social challenges. Social considerations are part of the EU Taxonomy enabling and scaling up sustainable investment and thus implementing the European Green Deal. The proposal for a new EU legislative framework for batteries is based on, inter alia, addressing challenges relating to social risks on sourcing raw materials. At international level, work on the future ISO 14075 for principles and guidelines on S-LCA kicked-off this year. Are there going to be more uptake of social issues in policy? Will this come in the form of social specific regulations or standards?
Towards a consolidated Methodology
With the launch of the UNEP Guidelines for S-LCA of products and organizations, a concrete methodological foundation has been provided. However, feedback from S-LCA practitioners highlight the need to develop social life cycle impact assessment pathways, to define how to address data availability issues for example in novel products and emerging technologies, how to base methodological choices on rational and scientific basis and if there is sufficient knowledge to establish a prioritization of social impacts.
Perspectives at regional and sector levels
Implementing and mainstreaming S-LCA will imply more inclusive guidelines. Inclusiveness can be enhanced by identifying and incorporating regional and industry specific considerations and building on related best practices. It is important to explore the possible synergies between S-LCA and existing industry related assessments, the potential of S-LCA in achieving circular approaches, capacity building of SME’s on S-LCA, the identification of impacts in complex and often neglected supply chains and how S-LCA can provide ready to use information for corporate decision making.
|Sessions||How S-LCA can contribute to a better decision making process throughout its value chain and leave no one behind?||Hierarchy of social impacts||S-LCA applications for SMEs|
|The role of S-LCA in policy making and the awareness of S-LCA by policy makers||Assessing the social impact of the circular economy through S-LCA||Interlinkages between S-LCA and Conflict Minerals or Critical Raw Materials Assessment|
|What is needed to accelerate the uptake of S-LCA in policy?||The Social Science basis of S-LCA||Social assessment for sustainable food systems|
|S-LCA policy and harmonization landscape||Applying S-LCA at early stages of product development||Onboarding developing country realities|
|Methodological gaps and ways forward||Challenges and opportunities in the informal sector|
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