The life cycle approach holds great potential for environmental and broader sustainability work. Through its systemic cradle-to-grave approach, it reduces risks of sub-optimization and problem-shifting from one part of the life cycle to another or from one type of impact to another. It brings new insights about how action in one stage of the product life cycle may lead to upstream or downstream effects far away from the point of action, perhaps in vastly distant geographical locations as well. In this respect it is an empowering concept that brings new opportunities for influence, beyond organizational or national borders.
India LCA Alliance (ILCAA) is a freely accessible, comprehensive, information and knowledge sharing platform to create awareness and increase understanding on Life Cycle Thinking in India. At ILCAA, we seek to build capacity among industries, government, civil society and NGOs in India on Life Cycle concepts and tools.