The VALUES team works on improving the Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) for Ecosystem Services (ES) by implementing an integrated modelling approach.
The assessment of ecosystem services in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has recently been promoted, and the scientific community still needs to find consensus on how to evaluate the impacts of human activities on the provision of ES. In this sense, integrated methods for the characterization of ES at the LCIA stage of LCA have to be developed.
The characterization of impacts on ecosystem services in Life Cycle Impact Assessment is still at its infancy. After reviewing the few characterization models currently available, the project team could observe a gap in concepts, theories and methods with specialised ES research.
> The results of this investigation have been published in Environmental Science & Technology