Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainable Regional Development explains the ways life cycle methodologies and tools can be used to strengthen regional socio-economic planning and development in a more sustainable manner. The book advocates the adoption of systematic and long-term criteria for development decision-making, taking into account the full life cycle of materials and projects. It describes life cycle practices from both a scientific and a practitioner point of view, highlighting examples and case studies at regional level. The applications are relevant to key economic sectors, as well as for internal planning and administrative procedures. It concludes with a synthesis chapter that distills the key messages from the authors into practical guidance points on how best to use such approaches to enhance sustainability in regional development. The book is essential reading for regional and urban planners who are integrating life cycle thinking into their policy regimes, as well as for researchers working to further evolve life cycle methodologies.

part |2 pages

Part I: Introduction – Providing the context

chapter 1|6 pages


chapter 2|6 pages

Sustainable regional development in a life cycle context

ByFritz Balkau, Stefania Massari, Guido Sonnemann

chapter 3|6 pages

Regional development and frameworks for sustainable development

ByDonatella Porrini, Fabrizio Striani

chapter 4|8 pages

Financial instruments and procedures for sustainable regional development investments

ByWilliam Rivenbark, Fritz Balkau

chapter 5|8 pages

Life cycle approaches to improve resource efficiency in a regional context

ByGuido Sonnemann, Philip Strothmann, Fritz Balkau

chapter 6|8 pages

Life cycle management for regions

ByFritz Balkau, Guido Sonnemann

part |2 pages

Part II: Analytical basis for life cycle approaches

chapter 7|6 pages

Ecological footprint: Principles and methodology

ByMarcello Ruberti, Stefania Massari

chapter 8|6 pages

Environmentally extended input–output analysis for sustainable regional development

ByEskinder Demisse Gemechu, Isabela Butnar, Maria Llop, Francesc Castells, Guido Sonnemann

chapter 9|6 pages

Material flow accounts

ByAldo Femia, Renato Marra Campanale

chapter 10|6 pages

Life cycle assessment

ByGiuseppe Tassielli, Pietro Alexander Renzulli, Bruno Notarnicola

chapter 11|7 pages

Carbon footprint principles

ByHarish Jeswani

chapter 12|7 pages

Water footprint principles

ByPhilippe Loubet, Guido Sonnemann

chapter 13|6 pages

System dynamic and spatial modelling in LCA

ByBertrand Laratte, Guido Sonnemann

chapter 15|8 pages

Organizational life cycle assessment for regional and local organizations

ByJulia Martínez‐Blanco, Atsushi Inaba, and Matthias Finkbeiner

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Part III: Converting analysis into life cycle tools

chapter 17|6 pages

Eco‐design and product–service systems

ByBenjamin Walker

chapter 18|8 pages

Eco‐labels and sustainable development

ByBenjamin Walker

chapter 19|8 pages

Sustainable procurement and regional sustainability

ByFritz Balkau

chapter 20|7 pages

Industrial ecology and sustainable performance of business parks

ByJean‐François Vallés

chapter 21|6 pages

Natural resource use efficiency and economic productivity

ByPierluigi Toma, Stefania Massari, Pier Paolo Miglietta

chapter 22|7 pages

Environmental and landscape management system

ByRiccardo Beltramo

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Part IV: Using life cycle approaches at regional level

chapter 24|7 pages

Ecological footprint: A local policy perspective

ByPier Paolo Miglietta, Federica De Leo, Pierluigi Toma

chapter 25|7 pages

Economic analysis of regional sustainability – Hungary

ByKlara Szita Tóthné, Judit Roncz

chapter 26|7 pages

Circular economy and regional implications

ByFritz Balkau

chapter 27|8 pages

Life cycle management for regional development in France: Example of building sector

ByNaeem Adibi, Marie Darul, Vanessa Pasquet, Christelle Demaretz, Christian Traisnel

chapter 28|6 pages

From product LCAs to territorial LCAs: Methodological principles

ByEléonore Loiseau, Philippe Roux

chapter 29|7 pages

Integrated life cycle and risk assessment of human health impacts in Catalonia

ByGuido Sonnemann, Marta Schuhmacher, Francesc Castells

chapter 30|7 pages

LCA application in regional waste management in Chile

ByAlberto Bezama

chapter 31|7 pages

Water footprint assessment at the regional level

ByGuoping Zhang, Mesfin M. Mekonnen

chapter 32|8 pages

Carbon footprint of biofuels

ByHarish Jeswani

chapter 33|6 pages

Sustainable procurement based on life cycle costing

ByBernard Mazijn

chapter 34|6 pages

Sustainability performance in industrial parks

ByJean‐François Vallés

chapter 35|8 pages

Sustainable redevelopment of degraded land and landscapes

ByPeter Whitbread‐Abrutat

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Part V: Integrated use of life cycle approaches in key economic sectors

chapter 36|7 pages

Sustainable agri‐food chains and LCA and Giuseppe Tassielli

ByBruno Notarnicola, Pietro Alexander Renzulli

chapter 37|7 pages

Integration of LCA, LCC, and SLCA methods for assessing a bioeconomy region

ByAlberto Bezama, Anke Siebert, Jakob Hildebrandt, Daniela Thrän

chapter 38|8 pages

Responsible mining – from a life cycle to a stewardship approach

ByRoss Hamilton, Andrew S. Parsons

chapter 39|10 pages

Trends and considerations of renewable energy development: A regional perspective and Ravina Brizmohun

ByMark Radka, Giulia Ferrini, Agathe Laure

chapter 40|7 pages

Closing the loop: The example of packaging

ByMassimo Lombardi

chapter 41|6 pages

Life cycle aspects of the Walloon wood sector

ByNelle Thyssen, Vanessa Zeller

chapter 42|10 pages

Global warming assessment of Himalayan buildings

BySilu Bhochhibhoya, Raffaele Cavalli

chapter 43|6 pages

Integrated waste management and resource recovery in India

ByAsha Panwar

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Part VI: Life cycle perspectives for regional socio‐economic development

chapter 45|10 pages

Synthesis – life cycle approaches and perspectives for sustainable regional development

ByFritz Balkau, Guido Sonnemann