MO.1.C || Achieving Sustainability Goals on the Regional, National and International Level

Rydberg, Tomas; Adibi, Naeem; Balkau, Fritz; Bezama, Alberto; Massari, Stefania; Modak, Prasad; Sonnemann, Guido; Strothmann, Philip; Wiche, Pia

Geographical and administrative regions are major players in sustainable development, with wide-ranging responsibilities under various national and international frameworks. The systematic use of life cycle methodologies – both assessment and management – can assist regions in achieving their SDGs in a more efficient manner than the all-too common one-dimensional approach (i.e. addressing only a single issue) we often observe. This contribution will explore the use of a complete “life cycle management toolbox” that can be applied to a wide range of regional development programmes and policies. Key examples and case studies from European and other regions are used to illustrate the utility of such a complete tool-box approach in addressing contemporary SDGs, including new challenges posed by evolving physical and social issues. The presentation will build on the recent success by FSLCI and associated bodies, including the Life Cycle Summer School, to explore the use of innovative life cycle based methodologies to support sustainable regional development. This work supports researchers and regional officials as well as organisations to advance the use of life cycle management methodologies in their programmes and policies.