Toward harmonizing ecotoxicity characterization in life cycle impact assessment

Ecosystem quality is an important area of protection in life cycle impact assessment (LCIA). Chemical pollution has adverse impacts on ecosystems on a global scale. The purpose of this paper is to bring global guidance and harmonization by recommending changes to the existing practice of exposure and effect modeling in ecotoxicity characterization.

Experts in ecotoxicity and LCIA, Quantis’ Global Science Lead & Sustainability Consultant Alexi Ernstoff and Senior Sustainability Consultant Xun Liao contributed to the working group meetings through the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and provided feedback on the article.

Ecosystem quality LCIA