This is the first edition of CSA Standard CAN/CSA-IS0 14040, Environmental management - Life cycle assessment - Principles and framework, which is an adoption without modification of the identically titled IS0 (International Organization for Standardization) Standard 14040:1997 (first edition, 1997-06-1 5).
The IS0 14000 family of Standards was developed by environmental experts from around the world, under the auspices of the IS0 Technical Committee 207. Canada plays a major role in this area. The Secretariat of ISO/TC 207 is held by CSA on behalf of Canada's member body in ISO, the Standards Council of Canada, and the Chair of TC 207 is a Canadian.
Canadian stakeholders participate actively in the development of the IS0 14000 family of International Standards through CSA's national consensus development forums. The CSA Technical Committee on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the source of Canadian experts for the IS0 14040 Standards. This Technical Committee provides expert input to the Canadian Advisory Committee to ISO/TC 207/SC 5 (CAC/ISO/TC 207/SC 5). In consultation with the LCA Technical Committee, CAC/ISO/TC 207/SC 5 is responsible for developing and submitting coordinated Canadian responses, comments, and voting actions on ISO/TC 207/SC 5 documents and helping to establish the Canadian position for delegates to take in international meetings.
In proposing this International Standard for adoption as a National Standard of Canada, the CSA Technical Committee on LCA has approved the technical content of this Standard and supports it on a continuing basis, providing interpretations, updates and revisions, reaffirmations or withdrawals, as appropriate for Canadian stakeholders.
This Standard was reviewed for Canadian adoption by the CSA Technical Committee on Life Cycle Assessment, under the jurisdiction of the Standards Steering Committee on Environment, and has been formally approved by the Technical Committee. A list of the members of these Committees is available upon request. This Standard has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada.
This International Standard specifies the general framework, principles and requirements for conducting and reporting life cycle assessment studies. This International Standard does not describe the life cycle assessment technique in detail.