Handbook on LCA

Writing an operational guide to the ISO standards for LCA and related sub-projects.

The Handbook

The official handbook on LCA can be ordered at Springer.

Of course some errors were found after the book was printed. Please see the list of errata (29 kB).

Please cite the handbook as: Guinée, J.B.; Gorrée, M.; Heijungs, R.; Huppes, G.; Kleijn, R.; Koning, A. de; Oers, L. van; Wegener Sleeswijk, A.; Suh, S.; Udo de Haes, H.A.; Bruijn, H. de; Duin, R. van; Huijbregts, M.A.J. Handbook on life cycle assessment. Operational guide to the ISO standards. I: LCA in perspective. IIa: Guide. IIb: Operational annex. III: Scientific background. Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 1-4020-0228-9, Dordrecht, 2002, 692 pp.

For questions on the errata list you can address to: Jeroen Guinée.    

Reports in the English language (last update 3 july 2002)

Below are non-printable near identical pdf-versions of the part 1, 2a and 3 of the book, and a prinatble near identical pdf-version of part 2b. You may use these for non-commercial purposes. However, please do not cite these reports but cite the book instead: "Guinée, J.B.; Gorrée, M.; Heijungs, R.; Huppes, G.; Kleijn, R.; Koning, A. de; Oers, L. van; Wegener Sleeswijk, A.; Suh, S.; Udo de Haes, H.A.; Bruijn, H. de; Duin, R. van; Huijbregts, M.A.J. Handbook on life cycle assessment. Operational guide to the ISO standards. I: LCA in perspective. IIa: Guide. IIb: Operational annex. III: Scientific background. Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 1-4020-0228-9, Dordrecht, 2002, 692 pp."

  1. LCA - An operational guide to the ISO-standards (Guinée et al.) - Part 1: LCA in perspective (Final report, May 2001).
    Download here (58 kB) as Acrobat/PDF file for inspection (cannot be printed!).

  2. LCA - An operational guide to the ISO-standards (Guinée et al.) - Part 2a: Guide (Final report, May 2001)
    Download here (293 kB) as Acrobat/PDF file for inspection (cannot be printed!).

  3. LCA - An operational guide to the ISO-standards (Guinée et al.) - Part 2b: Operational annex (Final report, May 2001).
    Download here (1.1 MB) as Acrobat/PDF file (can be printed!).

    For those people who downloaded the Operational Annex before 5 December 2001, there is an errata list available that will tell you what has been changed compared to the older versions:
    Download here (21 kB) the errata list as MS Word file.

  4. An operational guide to the ISO-standards (Guinée et al.) - Part 3: Scientific background (Final report, May 2001).
    Download here (1.2 MB) as Acrobat/PDF filer inspection (cannot be printed!).

Reports in the Dutch language (last update 3 july 2002)

Reports

  1. Part 1: LCA in perspective
    Download here (170 kB) as Acrobat/PDF file.

  2. Part 2a: Guide
    Download here (1.2 MB) as Acrobat/PDF file.

These Dutch reports have also been published by the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) and can be ordered:

  1. on the website of www.vrom.nl
  2. by way of the Postbus 51 infolijn: telefoonnummer: 0800-8051 (free)

When you order the report, please refer to its title: "Levenscyclusanalyse: de ISO-normen uitgewerkt in een praktijkgerichte Handleiding".

Also available is an English version (document number "VROM 17542/187") and a Dutch version (document number "VROM 17541/187") of a short booklet introducing LCA to beginners. These reports booklets are only shipped within the Netherlands.

Characterisation Factors (last update november 2010)

Characterisation factors that have been published within the context of making the new LCA Handbook can be downloaded from our CML-IA page.

Background reports (last update 3 july 2002)

  1. Report of a Danish-Dutch workshop on LCA methodologies, held on 16-17 September 1999 at CML, Leiden. Download here as Acrobat/PDF file (546 kB).
    For questions on this workshop report you can address to: Jeroen Guinée, E-mail

  2. Priority assessment of toxic substances - development and application of the multi-media fate, exposure and effect model USES-LCA (Author: Mark A.J. Huijbregts). UPDATED version dd. 20 December 1999. Download main report (376 kB) and data appendix (297 kB) as Acrobat/ PDF files and chemical data 208 kB as MSEXCEL 5.0/7.0 zipped files. For toxicity potentials, see under 11 or under the Download Characterisation Factors page.
    For those people who downloaded these files before 20 December 1999, there is an errata list available that will tell you what has been changed compared to the older versions: download here as Acrobat/PDF file (297 kB)

  3. Ecotoxicological effect factors for the terrestrial environment in the frame of LCA (Author: Mark A.J. Huijbregts). Final report, May 1999. Download main report (62 kB) and data appendix (288 kB) as Acrobat/PDF files

  4. Life-cycle impact assessment of acidifying and eutrophying air pollutants.Calculation of equivalency factors with RAINS-LCA (Author: Mark A.J. Huijbregts). Download report in pdf (663 kB). Download zipped spreadsheet 15kB.

  5. Priority Assessment of Toxic Substances in the frame of LCA. Time horizon dependency in toxicity potentials calculated with the multi-media fate, exposure and effects model USES-LCA (Author: Mark A.J. Huijbregts). Download DRAFT report in pdf (56 kB). Download Annex to DRAFT report (335 kB). Download zipped spreadsheet with potentials 308 kB.

For questions on the above listed reports you can address to: Mark Huijbregts, E-mail

Press coverage (last update 9 august 2004)

For a short description of the contents of the Guide reports, please visit the Int. J. of LCA (6 LCA (5) 2001, page 255) site.

Review of the Handbook on LCA by Walter Klöpffer. See the article on the website Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. volume 7 number 5, 311-313, 2002.

Review of the Handbook on LCA by Lars-Gunnar Lindfors. See the article on the website of Journal of Industrial Ecology. volume 8, number 1-2, 263-264, 2004.

Review of the Handbook on LCA by Andrea J. Russell. See the article on the website of Journal of Cleaner Production. volume 13, number 13-14, 1359, 2005.

Last Modified: 08-05-2012