Sustainable Engineering

Biodiversity impact assessment in life cycle analyzes - Life Cycle Biodiversity Impact Assessment - LC.biodiv.IA

Curbing the rapid loss of biodiversity is one of the great challenges of anthropogenic impacts on the environment in the age of global change. According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, human activities are responsible for the loss of biodiversity and species diversity to an extent that has never been seen before (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005), experts also speak of a sixth major mass extinction (Ceballos et al. 2015; Dunn et al. 2009; Pievani 2014; Wake, Vredenburg 2008). This project aims to make effects on biodiversity tangible in the life cycle assessment so that they can be included in product-related environmental management.

The overarching goal is to join previous methods, such as the potential field method (biodiversity impact assessment) as well as elements of the hemerobia method, into a ready-to-use approach. The developed methods and case studies are presented in publications. The results of the studies are made publicly available as LCI data sets, thus making a contribution to the user and research community. In order to establish the method, the approach is presented and discussed in national and international specialist committees.

Project sponsor: German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

Duration: 2017 – 2019


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