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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2010

Special Issue Editor
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner
Chair of Sustainable Engineering, Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, Office Z1, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin, Germany
E-Mail: matthias.finkbeiner “at”
Interests: sustainable engineering; life cycle assessment; carbon footprinting; water footprinting; resource efficiency; eco-efficiency; life cycle costing; social LCA; life cycle management; sustainability assessment; sustainable production and consumption

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Special Issue Information

Letter from the editor:

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is nowadays accepted by all stakeholders as a guiding principle for both public policy making and corporate strategies. However, the biggest challenge for most organisations remains in the real and substantial implementation of the sustainabilty concept. At the core of the implementation challenge is the question, how sustainability can be measured, especially for products and processes. As long as these questions are not answered, there will be no consistent development towards sustainability and the use of the term remains arbitrary.

My hypothesis is, that the systems or life cycle approach has to be applied for all sustainability dimensions (environmental, economical, social) in order to achieve reliable and robust results. This can be put in the conceptual formula based on Klöpffer:


LCSA -= Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment
LCA -= Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
LCC -= LCA-type Life Cycle Costing
SLCA -= Social Life Cycle Assessment

This special issue seeks to demonstrate the important role that life cycle approaches can play for measuring sustainability. It is intended to provide a forum for scientific progress on both the overall concept of life cycle sustainability assessment as well as the individual tools supporting it.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner
Guest Editor


All manuscripts should be submitted to sustainability “at” with a copy to the Guest Editor. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Article Processing Charges (APC) for publication in this Open Access journal are 300 CHF (Swiss Francs) per accepted Paper. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.
•life cycle sustainability assessment
•life cycle assessment
•life cycle costing
•social lca

Invitation to the II LATIN-AMERICAN SEMINAR ON LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS which will be held in Santa Clara , Cuba  between the dates of 1-4  Jun 2010.

The Scope and Purpose of the Seminar will be the discussion of the results of research and development papers that are being developed in Latin America and the rest of the world by a large number of researchers. These papers are based on a long term experience on its use for humankind’s wealth in terms of health, ecosystems and resources of Latin America.

The Scientific Program includes conferences plenaries, oral presentations, round tables and posters. The high scientific quality of the Seminar, the large participation of specialists and the interchange among all representatives of the different Latin American LCA networks and other international organizations that will participate in the event, will create a working atmosphere of high scientific value important for the development of LCA. At the same time, this event will propitiate the strengthening of relationships for future joint projects.

The Organizing Committee will assure the delegates of this event the pleasure of a high level Scientific Program and a very enjoyable stay in the central region of Cuba.


  • Life Cycle Analysis Inventory - Databases
  • Life Cycle Analysis Process 
  • Life Cycle Engineering.
  • Life Cycle Analysis Case Studies.
  • Life Cycle Analysis Economic Indicators.
  • Life Cycle Analysis Social Indicators.

All Correspondence to:

  • PhD. Elena Rosa Domínguez
  • Coordinator of the II Latin-American Seminar on Life Cycle Analysis Manager of the Cuban network of LCA Manager of Applied Chemistry Studies Center (CEQA in spanish)
  • e-mail:
  • Telephone: (53)(42) 211863, 281510
  • Villa Cara, Cuba.


  • The deadline for the submission of papers will be until April 1st,2010
  • Confirmation of acceptance will be until April 15th, 2010
  • Sending of papers will be before May 15th, 2010
  • All papers and abstracts will be send to the Coordinator of the II Latin-American Seminar on Life Cycle Analysis including a copy to the section secretary and the technical secretary of the event as it is specified in the scientific program.


  • Postgraduate and pregraduate courses presented by important and well- named specialists in the subjects related to the event.
  • Conferences Plenaries
  • Oral presentations
  • Visit to important historical, cultural places of a tourist interest.


The registration fee will be paid when making the accreditation according to:

  • Foreign participants 200 CUC
  • Postgraduate students* 130 CUC
  • Pregraduate students 130 CUC

*For postgraduate students in Cuba, who should present attestation of student status.