Operational Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Methodology Supporting Decisions Towards a Circular Economy

Project: EU project

Project Details


Sustainable development and circular economy require balancing between environmental, economic and social benefits and de-coupling the economic growth from resource use. The European New Green Deal highlights the need for reliable, comparable and verifiable sustainability information. Existing sustainability assessment approaches suffer from lack of comprehensiveness, consistency and practical tools for implementation. This results in fragmented and hardly comparable information on product sustainability performance. The ORIENTING project takes up this challenge and develops a robust and operational methodology for the life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) of products and services. The novelty value of the project relates to an approach that considers environmental, social and economic impacts in an integrated way. The ambition is to develop a methodology that can assess goods produced under linear as well as circular business models, allowing practitioners to understand and manage possible trade-offs. ORIENTING contributes to the development of a future Product Sustainability Footprint at European level, evolving existing PEF and designing new indicators for the evaluation of material criticality and product circularity. New tools will be developed to support and simplify the methodology application in business and policy development. Tools include guidance and training materials, data and software specifications and a hands-on LCSA IT tool. The LCSA methodology and its enabling tools are demonstrated in five industrial case studies. The consortium works in close cooperation with various stakeholders (industry associations and clusters, SMEs, consumer organisations, as well as governmental and standardisation bodies). The project outcomes will enable informed business decisions and contribute to the development of a levelled playing field – a single market – for products based on robust (i.e. transparent and verifiable) sustainability information.
Effective start/end date1/11/2031/10/23

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TRI) (Project partner) (lead)
  • Ghent University (Project partner)
  • Stora Enso Oyj (Project partner)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (Project partner)
  • Ecoinnovazione srl (Project partner)
  • PRé Sustainability B.V. (Project partner)
  • EIFER- European Institute for Energy Research by EDF and KIT (Project partner)
  • University for the Creative Arts (Project partner)
  • ecoinvent (Project partner)
  • Lavola 1981 S.A. (Project partner)
  • Ecopreneur.eu (Project partner)
  • BASF SE (Project partner)
  • Aclima- Basque Environment Cluster (Project partner)
  • Import Arrasate S.A. (Project partner)
  • Solana Società Agrigola S.p.A. (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • sustainability assessment
  • life cycle assessment
  • circular economy
  • sustainable development
  • method development
  • life cycle sustainability assessment
  • LCSA
  • LCA
  • H2020-EU.2.1.3.