UN Environment Launches Hotspot Analysis and Lifecycle Tools

Paris/Nairobi, 14 March 2019 UN Environment’s Life Cycle Initiative has launched two new tools to advance Sustainable Consumption and Production, based on life cycle thinking. The Hotspot Analysis Tool for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP-HAT) was presented at UNEA4 (the fourth UN Environment Assembly). Together with the One Planet Network and the International Resource Panel, the Life Cycle Initiative developed this tool to help countries identify hotspot areas. The hotspot analysis tool for sustainable consumption and production is publicly available at no cost.

The tool has been piloted in Argentina, Ivory Coast and Kazakhstan. It has three modules:

hotspot analysis tool for sustainable consumption and productionCountry Profile module: this provides key information on country’s environmental performance.
SCP Hotspots module: this provides sustainable consumption and production (CP) indicators to analyse hotspots of unsustainable CP at country and sector levels.
National Data Systems module: this allows inserting national data to receive more tailored results.

hotspot analysis tool for sustainable consumption and production“For a long time, we have known that we need to change the way we produce and consume goods and services to make better use of the planet’s natural resources. Now we have a tool that pinpoints where we need to be taking action if we want to make truly impactful change,” said Ligia Noronha, Director of UN Environment’s Economy Division. “It is appropriate to launch this new tool against the backdrop of the Fourth UN Environment Assembly, where we are focusing on innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. In that spirit, we hope that this innovative hotspots analysis tool helps put us on a more equitable and sustainable path.”

hotspot analysis tool for sustainable consumption and productionAnother tool launched is the e-leaning module, an introductory course on Life Cycle Thinking which helps users get started on the concept of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and gain an understanding of how life cycle approaches can support decision-making in any sustainability context. The module provides an overview on which life cycle approaches and tools are most suitable for business, policy and consumer perspective. The module is accessible for free and available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

Links to modules:

English: http://www.learnlifecycle.com/courses/lct

Spanish: http://www.aprendeciclodevida.com/courses/introduccion-al-pensamiento-de-ciclo-de-vida

French: http://www.learnlifecycle.com/courses/introduction-a-la-pensee-cycle-vie

Arabic: http://www.learnlifecycle.com/courses/introduction-to-life-cycle-thinking-arabic

hotspot analysis tool for sustainable consumption and productionhotspot analysis tool for sustainable consumption and productionThe World Resources Forum (WRF) is partner of the Life Cycle Initiative, One Planet Network and International Resource Panel