Towards a taxonomy for social impact pathway indicators

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A conceptually complete taxonomy is proposed at three levels of the impact pathway: Elementary flows, midpoint impacts, and endpoint impacts. The completeness is ensured conceptually by including unspecified residuals and by the use of fully quantifiable indicators that can be traced from source to sink, so that completeness can be verified by input-output balances and against measured totals. Each category in the taxonomy has a definition and at the lowest level also a unit of measurement. Examples of category definitions and units are illustrated in an impact pathway model with starting point in the midpoint impact category “Undernutrition”. This model also demonstrates the role of the taxonomy in the development of characterisation factors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Social LCA : Contributions from the 6th International Conference
EditorsMarzia Traverso, Luigia Petti, Alessandra Zamagni
Number of pages13
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-06564-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-01508-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th International Conference on Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) - Pescara, Italy
Duration: 10 Sept 201812 Sept 2018


Conference6th International Conference on Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA)

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