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New courses – Autumn 2019

April 15, 2019 by ILCA

We are excited to announce that ILCA has three new courses (en suite) in the calendar for this autumn.
The first course is a great introduction to the Brightway2 Open Source LCA software by its creator Dr. Christopher Mutel, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI):

Regionalised Life Cycle Assessment with the Brightway2 Software – 2019 (October 30 – November 1, 2019)
An introduction to the use of the Brightway2 Open Source LCA software with a particular focus on applying it to regionalised assessments. The matrix foundations of LCA and its use for uncertainty analysis. Creating and using regionalized activity datasets and regionalised impact assessment methods in Brightway2, with applications to a case study. See more: https://ilca.es/regionalised-life-cycle-assessment-with-the-brightway2-software-2019/

Secondly we will run new editions of our successful LCIA suite – this time we will be using Brightway2 Open Source LCA software. You can choose to take only the introductory ’Managing’ course or take the deep dive with a a full week of LCIA (the ’Advanced’ course). Note that we have four highly experienced teachers for each these two courses.

Managing the LCIA (Impact Assessment) Phase of LCA – 2019 (November 4 – November 6, 2019)
This course gives an overview of the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) phase of LCA studies. The general framework, definitions and concepts will be presented from those of the ISO standards to the present state-of-the art. Practical exercises will focus on how to make appropriate choices when performing the LCIA phase in a study (choice of impact categories, characterisation models, when to apply normalization and/or weighting, relating to stakeholders) and on the differences between current LCIA methods. See more: https://ilca.es/managing-the-lcia-impact-assessment-phase-of-lca-2019/

Advanced Life Cycle Impact Assessment – 2019 (November 4 – November 8, 2019)
This course begins with the contents of above course. The second half of the course presents a deep dive into the modelling aspects involved in the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) phase of LCA studies. Practical exercises on designing impact pathways and models from inventory indicators (stressors) to midpoint and endpoint characterisation, using examples from both well-established and emerging impact categories, and with a special view on the uncertainty associated with LCIA. New trends in LCIA modelling, with a focus on spatial and temporal differentiation.
See more: https://ilca.es/advanced-life-cycle-impact-assessment-2019/

– Will we see you in Barcelona?

Call for nominations ILCA Awards 2019

November 15, 2018 by ILCA

The call for nominations for the 2019 awards of the International Life Cycle Academy is now open. Academy awards are given to honour contributions of outstanding quality, within the last two years (incl. current year of the award), within the field of quantitative sustainability assessment, in the form of either conference presentations or scientific publications. Equal weight is given to scientific content and application/communication.

The award categories for 2019 are:

  • Best contribution to sustainable production
  • Best contribution to sustainable consumption
  • Best contribution to policy application of LCA

This year the winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the LCM2019.

Nominations should be sent to info@ilca.es before July 15th 2019. Self-nominations are admitted, but must be accompanied by at least 1 external recommendation letter. Nominations should include:

  • Title, name and e-mail address of nominee
  • The Award category sought, among the ones listed above (min. 1, max. 2)
  • A motivation of maximum 10 lines of text
  • A copy of the conference presentation or scientific publication that the Award is sought for. Conference presentations must have been accepted for presentation at a conference between November 2017 and September 2019 and be accompanied by a copy of the confirmation letter. Scientific publications must be published on-line or in paper after October 2017.

See https://ilca.es/meetings-and-awards/academy-awards/awards-2017/ for the winners of the 2017 awards.

We look forward to receive your nominations!

On behalf of the Award Committee

Bo Weidema & Shabbir Gheewala

LCA and economic tools

September 6, 2018 by ILCA

As of today we still have places on the course in January 14- January 16, 2019:

Economic tools in LCA – Life cycle costing, external costs and cost-benefit analysis

In brief what you will learn: An introduction to the technique of life cycle costing (LCC). The objective and scope of LCC are illustrated with case studies. Macroeconomic concepts with relevance for LCA. The distinction between biophysical, economic and social externalities and their consistent treatment in LCA and Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA). Different procedures for monetary valuation. Socio-economic classes and distributional analysis. The rationale and procedure for discounting. The ISO standardisation of LCC, CBA, and monetary valuation.

More details: https://ilca.es/economic-tools-lca-life-cycle-costing-external-costs-cost-benefit-analysis/

Call for nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards

June 11, 2018 by ILCA

We hereby announce an open call for nominations for this year’s awards of the International Life Cycle Academy. Academy awards are given to honour contributions of outstanding quality, within the last or current year, within the field of quantitative sustainability assessment, in the form of either conference presentations or scientific publications. Equal weight is given to scientific content and application/communication.

There are 6 Award categories:

  • Best contribution to LCA modelling
  • Best contribution to sustainable production
  • Best contribution to sustainable consumption
  • Best contribution to policy application of LCA
  • Best contribution to LCA communication or teaching
  • Best contribution to LCA quality

For the 2018 Awards the Academy would like to focus on contributions within the area of sustainable production and consumption of food. The Award ceremony will be held as part of the LCA Food conference, 17th – 19th October 2018 in Bangkok.

Nominations should be sent to info@ilca.es before September 3rd. Self-nominations are admitted but must be accompanied by at least 1 external recommendation letter. Nominations should include:

  • Title, name and e-mail address of nominee
  • The Award category sought, among the ones listed above (min. 1, max. 2)
  • A motivation of maximum 10 lines of text
  • A copy of the conference presentation or scientific publication that the Award is sought for. Conference presentations must have been accepted for presentation at a conference between November 2017 and December 2018 and be accompanied by a copy of the confirmation letter. Scientific publications must be published on-line or in paper after October 2017.

See https://ilca.es/meetings-and-awards/academy-awards/awards-2017/ for the winners of the 2017 awards.

We look forward to receive your nominations!

On behalf of the Award Committee

Bo Weidema & Shabbir Gheewala