WE.2.D || Business Life Cycle Networks

Bolle, Clément; Szablewski, Carolina; Adibi, Naeem

Today, the local actors are confronted with a series of expectations that sometimes seem contradictory: maintain and develop the activity by stimulating sustained economic performances, respect the environment, and assume the social role by considering the expectations of different stakeholders. Territorial Life Cycle Assessment – integrating environmental, social, and economic aspects – provides a decision-making methodology based on indicators co-constructed in a local context. It is about extending the process of Life Cycle Assessment from the cradle to the grave (from resource extraction to treatment of waste at the end-of-life) of products, services, and organizations by making it consistent with the characteristics of its territory (its assets, its history) as well as the expectations of stakeholders living in the same territory (citizens). WeLOOP is currently working on the subject in the context of the European project “PlastiCity”. The project’s goals are to increase the re-valorization of plastic waste on coastal territories, create sustainable business models, and build bridges between stakeholders, regions, and companies, to strengthen sustainable initiatives, share knowledge, etc. The 2-seas area, which includes four countries (France, Belgium, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands), has been considered for the project’s pilot phase. In this pilot project, Territorial LCA is applied to future urban plans, focusing on revalorizing waste for resource efficiency and reducing plastic waste. This contribution aims to present how this methodology is implemented, the different aspects needed for proper implementation, and present the case study of PlastiCity. Keywords: stakeholder; decision-making; Life Cycle Management; Territorial Life Cycle Assessment