ES-3.1 :: Life cycle thinking applied to land use.

It relates to the efficient use of resources, i.e. the consideration of the 4Rs concept (reduce, reuse, recover, recycle) to non-marketable products such as land, and minimizing generation of waste and emissions).
- Need to develop a holistic approach in soil remediation and regeneration with an integral vision of all affected and interrelated compartments, (i.e. consideration of water, groundwater, bedrock, soil use, ecosystems)
- Interim use of brownfields needs better risk assessment and adapted regulation – need from municipalities – efficient use of soils, recycling of sites and brownfields, agile regulation and security for users
- Life cycle thinking cradle to cradle in the field of brownfield and contaminated land regeneration. Need for integral project planning taking into account wastes, end of life, risks, energy, landscape – Develop indicators for selection of BATNEEC techniques
- Assess opportunities for implementing soft re-use techniques (in the Spanish context there is a specific opportunity for valorizing bio-waste (among which compost) produced in excess)
Why: Land-use needs to be understood as a process with inputs and outputs. Land-use must be made more sustainable form a perspective of LCA thinking and taking long term developments into consideration
Overarching theme INSPIRATION: we estimate these issues above concern Demand, exploitation of natural capital