Hotspots Analysis (HSA) methodological framework

Published in 2017 by

Type of document: Scientific, technical, research

Hotspots analysis is being used around the world to address significant sustainability challenges by helping to provide focus in an era of information overload. This Methodological Framework aims to support those wishing to commission, conduct or use hotspots analysis studies in a life cycle context, including the support of stakeholders of the 10YFP in their efforts to prioritize their actions to accelerate a shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). It aims to be equally applicable to businesses, government, as well as individual researchers and other organisations (i.e., NGOs and academic institutions). As a framework, rather than a standard, it provides a degree of flexibility to enable hotpots analysis to be used in differing circumstances. The publication presents HSA with methodology and guidance and aims to provide a consistent approach to hotspots analysis. As an action-oriented methodology, the key outcome is to identify where the greatest opportunity for improvement against an impact occurs. Case studies are provided in this document.

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This report is an output of a Life Cycle Initiative flagship project and contributes to the work plan of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme. It has been financed by the Life Cycle Initiative and the project “Advancing and measuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP) for a low-carbon economy in newly industrialized countries (Advance SCP)”. The Advance SCP project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.