Hotspots Analysis

Hotspots Analysis and Sustainability Information: Phase 2 Launch

Work has started on Phase 2 of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative: Flagship Project 3a - ‘Hotspots Analysis and Sustainability Information’ 

The project seeks to develop a flexible methodological framework for product and sector level hotspots analysis, to support 10YFP stakeholders in their prioritization efforts to accelerate a shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production.

While hotspots analysis is proving to be a helpful and effective tool that assists in the identification of areas to be prioritised for action, there is currently no common hotspots analysis approach. A lack of consistency due in part to:

  • Absence of a recognised set of guiding principles and practices
  • Lack of a globally agreed methodological framework
  • Need for agreement on the appropriate use and communication of product sustainability information derived from hotspots analysis


Phase 1 of the project reviewed existing hotspots analysis methodologies. Phase 2 engaged experts in a consensus-building process to address the points above, and developed and agreed on a common, flexible methodological framework.
Two rapid prototyping workshops were held at UNEP's offices in Paris, on the 16-17 June 2016; The workshops were well attended and proved to be an invaluable opportunity to bring together key experts and stakeholders from around the world to feedback on the work done to date and help further develop the common methodological framework and best practice guidance for the appropriate use and communication of sustainability information derived from hotspots analysis.
As a follow-up to the workshops three regional webinars were set up to share the draft documents developed and solicit additional input and feedback from key experts and stakeholders that were unable to attend the dates in Paris. The webinars were held on the 14, 18 and 21 of July 2016 (a recording of the webinar held on the 18th of July can be found here). 

The workshops and webinars are supported through 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.

Additional Resources:

Consult the Hotspots Analysis flagship project page. 

Read the final report from Phase 1 (pdf format).