SDG club

Our SDG club is a forum for co-development of a comprehensive, quantified impact pathway framework for the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG club offers a rational and operational approach for your contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda.

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The unique feature of our approach is the use of sustainable wellbeing (utility) as a comprehensive summary indicator for all social, ecosystem and economic impacts. This indicator provides a single, quantitative endpoint for all causal impact pathways in a comprehensive, quantified impact pathway framework encompassing all the indicators for the 169 targets of the SDGs, and linking directly to data for company specific activities and product life cycles.

The resulting Life Cycle based Sustainability (and SDG) Assessment integrates the triple bottom line approach (for pressure indicators at the organisational level), the capital approaches (as ‘Areas of protection’ for an exhaustive account of impacts), and the 17 SDGs (as an exhaustive policy framework), to provide a fully quantitative impact pathway framework with a single endpoint measure of sustainable wellbeing.

The development work is partly funded by the UNEP Life Cycle Initiative as part of the project “Linking the UN Sustainable Development Goals to life cycle impact pathway frameworks”. The club is open to everyone and price of subscription is a onetime amount of EUR 12,000. Would you like to subscribe, or to know more? Read more on the project page or contact us.

Example files

The below entries are examples of SDG club content.

  • 2021-04-06 zip An exhaustive quantitative indicator and impact pathway framework for sustainable development “An exhaustive quantitative indicator and impact pathway framework for sustainable development” that contains an introduction and 11 (0f 17 chapters), each of which describe the impact pathways from changes in human activities via one or more of the 17 UN SDGs, further to a single endpoint measure of sustainable wellbeing (“Utility”) that can potentially be expressed in monetary values and integrated with internal and supply-chain costing data. The importance of each impact pathway is determined from a top-down quantitative analysis starting from the quantified impact on the wellbeing endpoint. Each SDG target and indicator is placed within the quantitative framework, showing its role in the overall impact pathway framework. These draft chapters have been prepared Bo P. Weidema of 2.-0 LCA consultants, Denmark. This version uploaded 2021-04-06.
  • 2021-04-05 pdf Data collection guideline for pressure indicators for LCSA “Data collection guideline for pressure indicators for Life Cycle based Sustainability Assessment” that covers the specific issues of each pressure category indicator (in LCA parlance called inventory indicators) in the above framework. The pressure category indicators are organised in groups, covering the triple bottom line of economic, ecosystem (resources and emissions), and social (mainly occupational) indicators that are relevant for data collection in the foreground system, i.e., the activities that are under direct control of a decision maker. This guideline is prepared by Bo P. Weidema of 2.-0 LCA consultants, Denmark. This version uploaded 2021-04-05.
  • 2021-04-04 pdf Relative importance of sustainability impact pathways “Relative importance of sustainability impact pathways – A first rough assessment” provides guidance to focus the data collection and the development of further precision and accuracy of indicators and characterisation factors (linking the quantified impacts to their quantified causes) on the impact pathways that are of particularly high relative importance. This top-down assessment of importance is done by using Quality-Adjusted person-Life-Year (QALY) as a unit for sustainable wellbeing, informed by the annual UN measures of subjective wellbeing, and using the exhaustive classification of the so-called capital models as ‘Safeguard subjects’ to provide a structured and exhaustive account of the current impacts (estimated for year 2019) on each of the ‘Areas of Protection’, covering both instrumental values (productivity, value added, or income) and the intrinsic values of natural and manufactured assets, human capabilities, and social networks. This draft report has been prepared by Bo P. Weidema of 2.-0 LCA consultants, Denmark. This version uploaded 2021-04-04.
  • 2021-04-03 zip LCA to SDG – A Life Cycle SDG Screening approach This report provides a simplified version of the impact pathway approach, with emphasis of establishing qualitative links to the SDG Targets from already collected LCA data according to the ReCiPe2016 and ILCD methods and the 2018 Product Social Impact Assessment Handbook and methodology report of PRé Consultants. The zip-file contains an introduction and 10 (of the 17 chapters) as well as a separate data collection guideline for SDG screening case studies. These draft chapters have been prepared by PRé Sustainability. This version uploaded 2021-04-03.