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Life cycle sustainability assessment of products

Abstract: 
“Sustainability was adopted by UNEP in Rio de Janeiro (1992) as the main political goal for the future development of humankind. It should also be the ultimate aim of product development. According to the well known interpretation of the original definition given in the Brundtland report, sustainability comprises three components: environment, economy and social aspects. These components or “pillars” of sustainability have to be properly assessed and balanced if a new product is to be designed or an existing one is to be improved.”
Author: 
Walter Kloepffer
Institution: 
International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
Year: 
2008
Input By: 
Peter Williams
Affiliation: 
MIT
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Theory/Definition