The transition to circular economy is a process, especially for cities and regions. On their circular path, they need to improve policies in local public services such as transport, solid waste, water and energy. As anything that needs to be improved, circular economy must be first measured. Currently, monitoring frameworks focus mainly on measuring materials and waste production, failing to take into consideration the multi-dimensional aspect of circular economy. Supporting future circular economy policies only by macro indicators on materials, waste and recycling, means taking the risk of not directing the transition within planetary and social boundaries. Cities and regions are already taking important steps to make the link with the possible impacts on people, planet and society, by analyzing carbon footprint of material flows and linking circular economy strategies with localization of SDGs. National, regional and local sustainable development strategies also call for a system of indicators capable of detecting crosscutting effect of policies and activities.

The 6th Transnational Learning Journey, hosted by the Lombardy Region, focused on LCA for evaluating and monitoring policies.

Could integrating life cycle thinking and life cycle analysis in monitoring frameworks facilitate the overall process? Will it make these frameworks more efficient to enhance the environmental and social impacts of circular economy?


Day 1 - Setting the framework of the use of LCA for monitoring and evaluating policies

LCA at EU level

LCA at national level

Day 2 - LCA Good Practices


Day 1 - Setting the framework of the use of LCA for monitoring and evaluating policies

Additional documents

Transnational Learning Document #6

Detailed agenda

Policy context of the Lombardy Region

This event was part of the Second Sustainable Development regional Forum of the Lombardy Region.