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 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 for the winners of the 2017 awards.

We look forward to receive your nominations!

On behalf of the Award Committee

Bo Weidema & Shabbir Gheewala

New edition of course on economic tools in LCA

April 30, 2018 by ILCA

Here at ILCA we are happy to announce that there will be a 2019 edition of the course:
Economic tools in LCA – Life cycle costing, external costs and cost‑benefit analysis‘.

This course brings together experienced teachers from Germany, Spain and Denmark for an introduction to the technique of life cycle costing (LCC). In the course the objective and scope of LCC are illustrated with case studies. We will also discuss macroeconomic concepts with relevance for LCA as well as the distinction between biophysical, economic and social externalities and their consistent treatment in LCA and Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA).

Different procedures for monetary valuation and socio-economic classes and distributional analysis are also on the menu for the course, as is the rationale and procedure for discounting.

Finally, all of this is then related to the ISO standardisation of LCC, CBA, and monetary valuation. All in all, a very complete approach to the theme of economic tools in LCA.

More information here.

New member of the ILCA Advisory Board

March 22, 2018 by Inger Weidema

ILCA is very pleased to welcome Anne-Marie Boulay as a member of the ILCA Advisory Board. Anne-Marie represents the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation e.V. (FSLCI) in her capacity as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.

The FSLCI is a multi-stakeholder and membership-based community organization for professionals working in business, science and policy organizations who are interested in and working with Life Cycle approaches to enhance the sustainability of economic activities. It’s core objective is to promote life cycle thinking globally through a grass-roots and community-driven outreach process. It was established 2015 as a registered non-profit organization in Berlin, Germany and organizes workshops, summer schools, webinars and other events around life cycle thinking. The FSLCI also offers a global information hub with a jobs market and events calendar for the life cycle community.

We look forward to interact with Anne-Marie and FSLCI in our continued effort to develop and improve our educational activities.

Practical uncertainty analysis in LCA – a new course

December 11, 2017 by ILCA

At the International Life Cycle Academy we are happy to announce a new course for March 2018 with one of the ILCA 2017 Award winners, Evelyn Groen, as well as members of the ILCA staff:

Practical uncertainty analysis in Life Cycle Assessment (Monday, March 12 to Wednesday, March 14)

This course aims to strengthen practice of uncertainty assessment in Life Cycle Assessment. The course will provide the background for understanding the basic math of LCA-modeling and how uncertainty propagates from input data to model output; methods to account for correlations between variables are presented. It also introduces the practice of global sensitivity analysis to determine how much each input parameter contributes to the output variance.