Session 3

Life cycle thinking for energy and urban sustainability assessment profiles in Guatemala
Edgar Eduardo Sacayón, Alejandra Michelle Tercero
Instituto de Investigación y Proyección en Ciencia y Tecnologia de la Universidad Rafael Landivar

Life cycle assessment has been widely accepted as a benchmarking tool for products and services in a large array of industries. The evolution of the life cycle assessment framework that includes social and economic indicators allows it to be used as a comprehensive sustainability assessment tool. Therefore, we propose using the life cycle sustainability assessment framework to develop energy and urban sustainability profiles for Guatemala. Although there are information gaps for national inventory datasets in developing countries like Guatemala, open source software like Open LCA, and life-cycle databases can be used to develop system models that can provide an overlook of the country´s sustainability. These models can be built with the available information, standardized and can be further improved with time as datasets are acquired at county level. The Guatemala’s Energy Profile, benchmarks the country´s energy mix environmental, social and economic performance to influence public opinion and sound energy policy development. The Urban Growth Profile is based on the Urban Metabolism framework and aims to understand the effects of urban growth patterns in intermediate cities so local stakeholders can improve their decision making processes. We tested both frameworks at basin scale and propose that this methodology could be used to create country wide sustainability assessment profiles.