To meet the challenges of reaching a net-zero future while limiting vulnerabilities and impact shifts, robust indicators are required to quantify the consequences of different courses of action and sort out which should be prioritized.
With this in mind, the first research axis aims to consolidate and further develop metrics and tools to assess sustainability in value chains, in particular with regard to environmental and social life cycle impacts. This axis builds on the experience and outcomes the CIRAIG helped develop in recent years. It is resolutely focused on pushing the boundaries of methodological advancement and establishing innovative approaches to pursue the development of robust, relevant and cutting-edge analysis, metrics and tools. Furthermore, the Consortium will continue to contribute to methodological development, consensus building and harmonization in environmental and social life cycle assessment by playing an active role in different international initiatives (ISO, UNEP, WBCSD, etc.) and collaborative projects.
This axis is divided into four main research themes.
- Improving flow modelling in value chains to model more representative and flexible life cycle inventories.
- Developing relevant environmental indicators by modelling the environmental mechanisms of emissions and resource consumption.
- Developing relevant social metrics and creating effective cross-linkages with other fields and applications.
- Improving carbon neutrality roadmaps through life cycle thinking