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AvniR Conference, Lille, 8-9 Nov 2017

Lille, France, 8-9 November 2017

The [avniR] conference is the international event that brings together more than 300 professionals (large companies, SMEs, public actors, international academics) and experts around Life Cycle Management in Hauts-de-France, the pioneer region for eco-transition in France.
Goal: share the latest best practices, scientific insights and innovations leading to a successful implementation of Life Cycle Management to boost your competitiveness

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18th IWA International Conference, USA, August 2017

18th IWA International Conference on Diffuse Pollution & Eutrophication
August 13-17, 2017 – Los Angeles, USA

SETAC, 7-11 May 2017




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LCM, 3-6 Sept 2017

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Next LCM: Luxembourg, 3-6 September 2017


IAIA, 4-7 April 2017

Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change
4-7 April 2017
Montréal, Canada


22nd SETAC Case Study in Montpellier

The industrial chair ELSA-PACT was proud to co-host the 22nd edition of the SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium.

This year‘s meeting main topic was “Life Cycle Innovation for the Transition to a Sustainable Society” and was chaired by Ralph Rosenbaum.

participants-setacOrganized in Montpellier, the conference was held from 20th to 22nd of September 2016, on the academic campus SupAgro/INRA.

191 participants were welcomed, mostly from Europe (93%), even if all the continents were accounted for: North America (2%), South America (2%), Asia (2%), Africa (1%) and Australia (1%).

The SETAC Case study gathered a diverse range of audience with a significant representation from the academia and the business world.

One of the host’s most challenging missions was to integrate the value of sustainability in all of the meeting’s life cycle. As a result all the providers and suppliers were selected according to their voluntary approach: social and environmental management, local suppliers and seasonal menu.
capture-film-bagTo limit the waste of materials during the meeting, the host even distributed a reusable bag, which can also be used as an apron, and a reusable glass. Locally made, those two items were advertised by an entertaining video which was broadcasted during the opening session.


The event’s footprint was even calculated by a specialized consultant: Quantis.

Without surprise, the hotspots were identified:

  • With the participant’s choice of transportation (car, train or plane) and accommodation (hotel, bed and breakfast or spa)
  • With the choice of meat, dairy products and vegetables included in the different meals
More than 170 abstracts, coming from twenty or so countries, were received for this year’s meeting. It resulted in 40 posters and 130 oral presentations, distributed in 16 sessions during the 3 days. To put it mildly it was a wide range of topic: from the methodological aspects of LCA, recycling, energy, transportation, agriculture to eco-innovation and nanotechnologies. Were also discussed uncertainties in LCA, the Environmental Footprint Methodologies for Products and Organizations, territorial LCA and supply chain management.

But let’s come back to the meeting’s highlight:

r-cliftPlanetary boundaries
The opening session started with a brilliant presentation from the Pr. R. Clift, at the University of Surrey.The “Planetary Boundaries” (PB) approach, originally proposed by Rockström et al. and much discussed since, provides a conceptual framework for defining and potentially quantifying ecological constraints which human activities must observe to be sustainable.Nine indicators were selected, some as a planetary scale like the well-known climate change and others on a more local scale like water eutrophication. Life Cycle Impact Assessment could potentially use the PBs in a “distance to boundary” framework, analogous to the more familiar “distance to target approach”. However, applying the PB concept at the level of a company or a product system raises a number of conceptual and practical questions.
d-penningtonRaw materials: a case study of meetings between the needs of business and policy

Ensuring a secure and sustainable supply of raw materials is essential to maintaining and strengthening industry in the European Union. In fact, European economy requires a wide variety of raw materials, sometimes scarce, which it cannot mine or recycle by itself. As a result it is essential for companies and governments to assess supply chains in relation to ethical, environmental and economic considerations. They also show a growing interest for secondary raw materials from urban mining and recycling. To help them in their decision making, three European bodies decided to gather themselves into one working group focusing on the raw materials datasets. With their stakeholders’ support they updated databases with reliable figures in order to improve the supply chain and its impacts’ assessment.

img_5882Urban Water systems

The waste water treatment plant (WWTP) is evolving. At least, it’s the point that was highlighted during the three sessions dedicated to it. First of all, by improving the LCA methodology, impacts assessments are more and more precise and pictured a realistic image of the water treatment’s impacts. It is however still a work in progress concerning the water quality, as lots of substance’s characterized factors are still in development. As a result, some treatment’s benefices are still unaccounted for. In a more positive point of view, LCA is starting a new trend by identifying new undeveloped resources: like phosphorus, urea or untreated water reuse.

img_6002LCA and land use framework

This session was dedicated to LCA practitioners and users who experienced understanding or practiced gap when assessing land use impact. It dealt with improvement of implementation of the land use framework into LCA practice either by proposing new characterizations factors (according to a specific practice, location or crop) or new indicators (like erosion). For example, one of the case study showed that the location is more relevant than the kind of crop used when you wish to measure the resilience of the ground to erosion.

LCA and policy
LCA and life cycle thinking are a good medium to support policies: from problem definition up to policy impact assessment and policy implementation. However when the object of the assessment is moving from products and services to systems and macro-scale, several improvements are needed in order to benefit the most from the LCA application: first of all as a communication channel. Many examples can support how LCA changed the economical and design landscape, notably in Europe.The vacuum cleaner market is the perfect example since the designers had to modify the appliance’s core to stay compatible with the regulation made after an LCA study.
To complete the meeting, a special course on “Water Footprint” was organized the day after the closing session. Around fifteen people from diverse fields, both from the academia and business world, participated aiming to understand the main issues and tools available to help saving the water resource.

Based on the 14046 ISO norm, Anne-Marie BOULAY and Sebastien HUMBERT presented the different part composing a water footprint and which methods were fully operational. The AWARE method, developed by the UNEP workgroup, was presented with a special attention.

CYCLE 2016, oct 2016

 CYCLE2016_ElsaPact 5th edition of the International Forum on the Life Cycle Management of Products and Services
Implementing sustainability through life cycle thinking
Polytechnique Montréal, Canada, October 13-14, 2016
CYCLE 2016 is a meeting place to discuss recent developments and trends in the life cycle field and promote exchanges between social stakeholders including academia, businesses and governments. Over 250 participants are expected to attend this leading event. The rich variety of presentations and topics featured can interest both decision-makers and practitioners concerned with sustainable development tools.
Come join us! Early bird registration ends Sept. 15
Take a look at the program here >>

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SCORE LCA Workshop, March 2017

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2nd SCORELCA workshop, Paris, 16th of March 2017


Score LCA 2017

SCORELCA is a French association created in march 2012, which is aiming to promote and organise cooperation between industrial, institutional or scientific actors. This collaboration is able to promote a positive, shared and recognised evolution of global environmental quantification methods at the European and international level, in particular of life cycle assessment (LCA), and putting them into practice.

The association is a cooperative research structure, whose governance is provided by its active members (whose headquarters are in France) and is guided through a Scientific Board.


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LCA Food 2016, October, Dublin (Irland)

LCA food 2016 10the International Conference LCA Food

19-21 October 2016, Dublin (Irland)


programmeLCA food 2016

Improve environmentally your product offer, ADEME, sept 2016

Food-and-agricultural product value chains

28th of September 2016, Paris

ademe-logo From AGRIBALYSE to ecodesign… Improve environmentally your product offer!
ADEME and its partners propose next 28th of September in Paris a day dedicated to this subject.
Aim of the day: access in AGRIBALYSE programm, which is a LCA database for agricultural products.
Contact : Vincent Colomb