Conclusions and Outlook

The chapter describes an innovative approach for mainstreaming LCM that is able to leverage sectorial and regional networks in order to help overcome barriers to the implementation of Life Cycle Management. From a business perspective, integration with existing professional organizations confirmed that SMEs access advice

Fig. 7.4 The LCM champion network

and tools through organizations that they already know and trust. Working with several sectors in parallel through the Life Cycle Champion network encourages a multidisciplinary approach, essential to improving decision making across entire supply chains.

The results that can be reused elsewhere include new developments, such as a methodology to evaluate the maturity of sectors adaptable for different sectors and other regions in order to foster the implementation of Life Cycle Management worldwide.

In addition a very detailed action plan is developed for large scale roll-out of Life Cycle approaches in business and higher education. Each action plan aims to plan for the generalized roll-out of LCM in businesses across all industry sectors in the region. The engagement of stakeholders ensures that the benefits and effects will be perpetuated beyond the implementation phase.

In order to widely test and improve the methodology, a large scale project integrating regions from other European countries (Belgium, Portugal and Spain) is ongoing (Life Cycle in Practice – LIFE+ Funds). It aims to apply this approach in different regions, to improve the method and to validate the conclusions.

It is planned to publish the improvements achieved with regard to the sustainability performance of products, processes and organizations of at least one sector within the case study of Northern France, once confidentially agreements have been finalized.

Acknowledgements Authors would like to express sincere thanks to Christian Traisnel and Eric Kniaz for all their valuable feedbacks. The approach described is supported by the Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council and the French environment agency, ADEME.


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