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Pennington D.W.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | Chomkhamsri K.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | Pant R.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | Wolf M.-A.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | And 14 more authors.
International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment | Year: 2010

Introduction The European Commission is supporting the development of the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD). This consists primarily of the ILCD Handbook and the ILCD Data Network. This paper gives an insight into the scientific positions of business, governments, consultants, academics, and others that were expressed at this public consultation workshop. Workshop focus The workshop focused on four of the topics of the main guidance documents of the ILCD Handbook: (1) general guidance on life cycle assessment (LCA); (2) guidance for generic and average life cycle inventory (LCI) data sets; (3) requirements for environmental impact assessment methods, models and indicators for LCA; and (4) review schemes for LCA. Workshop participation This consultation workshop was attended by more than 120 participants during the 4 days of the workshop. Representatives came from 23 countries, from both within and outside the European Union. Workshop structure Approximately half of the participants were from business associations or individual companies. Another 20% were governmental representatives. Others came predominantly from consultancies and academia. Results This public consultation workshop provided valuable inputs into the overall ILCD Handbook developments as well as for further development. This paper focuses on some of the main scientific issues that were raised. © Springer-Verlag 2010.

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