Building a model based on scientific consensus for Life Cycle Impact Assessment of Chemicals: the Search for Harmony and Parsimony

TitleBuilding a model based on scientific consensus for Life Cycle Impact Assessment of Chemicals: the Search for Harmony and Parsimony
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMichael Z Hauschild, Mark Huijbregts, Olivier Jolliet, Matthew Macleod, Manuele D Margni, Dik van de Meent, Ralph K Rosenbaum, Thomas E McKone
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume42
Chapter
Pagination7032-7037
Abstract

Under the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative the six most commonly used characterization models for toxic impacts from chemicals were compared and harmonized through a sequence of workshops removing differences which were unintentional or unnecessary. A parsimonious (as simple as possible but as complex as needed) and transparent consensus model, USEtox, was created producing characterization factors that fall within the range of factors from the harmonised existing characterisation models. The USEtox model together with factors for several thousand substances are currently under review to form the basis of the recommendations from the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative in this field.