Welcome to the S.A., Sustainability Assessment Unit Website

The Sustainability Assessment Unit fosters sustainability principles in EU policies by developing an integrated assessment framework towards environmental quality and socio-economic viability in the decision making process. The Unit is committed to applying new approaches and methods to perform integrated sustainability assessment and impact analyses across EU policies, particularly supporting improved resource efficiency in Europe and the strengthening of a green and circular economy. The focus is on the provision of knowledge, modelling tools, reference data, scenarios and examples of best practices, which all serve as a research base for policy recommendations, often following a life-cycle thinking approach.

Two existing integrative platforms are at the core of the development:

  • The Land Use Modelling Integrated Sustainability Assessment Platform (LUMP/LUISA), for the evaluation of management options in response to policy and socio-economic scenarios, based on land use modelling methods, and
  • The European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment (EPLCA), for the provision of life cycle related information, data coherence and quality assurance across EU institutions and European consumers and business, based on the development of methods, guidelines and tools specific to sustainability life cycle assessments of industrial processes, products and organizations.

Both platforms will further integrate and interact with sectoral and thematic modelling facilities within and outside the JRC.

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