New names for our LCIA courses

October 10, 2017 by ILCA

Have you ever considered how convoluted our LCA slang is for newcomers?

LCI and LCIA are two phases of LCA. LCI is the acronym for Life Cycle Inventory Analysis, and thus should reasonably be expected to be abbreviated LCIA. But LCIA is used for LC Impact Assessment, so…

Anyway, it is easy to confuse LCIA and LCA, and really there is only the word “Impact” to distinguish the two. And is LCA not about impacts?

This confusion was made obvious to us when we launched our two LCIA courses recently. From the questions we received, we discovered that the title “Fundamentals of Life Cycle Impact Assessment” was read as “Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment” – and really: How should we expect newcomers to know any better?

So we have decided to re-name this course to “Managing the LCIA (impact assessment) phase of LCA”. This course gives the basic skills for truly understanding and navigating the LCIA phases of LCA. And to be consistent, we also renamed the advanced course to “Advanced LCIA (impact assessment) modelling. This course gives a deep dive into the modelling aspects involved in the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) phase of LCA studies and gives the practitioner really advanced skills.

Join discussion for SETAC position paper on ISO 14040/44

August 25, 2017 by ILCA

Currently, the ISO TC207/SC5 are considering options for making amendments to the ISO 14040/44 standards to overcome the largest problems in the current standards. One of the topics that are considered for an amendment is a text to clarify how to apply 14044 for attributional and consequential LCA, respectively, and some explanations on the respective application areas for the two modelling approaches.

Since SETAC is a liaison to ISO and was instrumental in writing the current text (represented by the SETAC-Europe LCA group Chair Helias Udo de Haes), the SETAC Life Cycle Assessment Coordinating Group has decided to develop a SETAC position paper on this issue.

Discussions on this will be initiated at a one-day workshop on the day before the SETAC-Europe LCA Case Studies Symposium in Barcelona, Sunday 26 November 10:00–17:00.

Registration can be made at and the deadline is November 6th.
Please note that participation in this event requires a SETAC membership.

Here at ILCA we look forward to see many of you in Barcelona our lovely hometown.

Academy Award sponsors 2017

August 7, 2017 by ILCA

We are pleased to announce that Elsevier and Springer have accepted to be sponsors the 2007 Academy Awards at the upcoming SETAC‑Europe LCA Case Study Symposium.

We hope to see you at the SETAC‑Europe LCA Case Study Symposium, perhaps you will win the award?

New edition of IO and hybrid Life Cycle Assessment course

July 6, 2017 by ILCA

Here at ILCA we are happy to announce that there will be a 2018 edition of the successful IO and hybrid Life Cycle Assessment course with associate professor Jannick Schmidt, University of Aalborg, Denmark. The course will be held in Barcelona 22-24 January 2018.

The course gives a thorough introduction to one of the most advanced and detailed hybrid IO-databases: Exiobase v3, which has both monetary and physical balances for 168 industries in 49 countries and country-groups.  The physically balanced layer has been designed, built and maintained by Jannick and his co-workers.

This course also explains Input-Output Analysis in general, and how this is the only way to ensure completeness life cycle assessment (LCA). In the hybrid approach, IO databases provide the completeness, which is then supplemented by detailed bottom-up data to the desired level of detail – making this a powerful tool both for screening and full LCA.

Become fully versed in the hybrid approach with this course. Read more about Jannick Schmidt here.