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.

and the award winners are…

November 28, 2017 by ILCA

Today the presentation of the 2017 Awards of the International Life Cycle Academy took place at the 23rd. SETAC Europe LCA Case Studies Symposium in Barcelona.

The 6 Awards of the International Life Cycle Academy are given to honour contributions of outstanding quality, within the last or current year, within the field of quantitative sustainability assessment. Equal weight is given to scientific content and application/communication.

This is the first year that the Awards are presented, and it is with great appreciation that ILCA has received the support of Springer and Elsevier for the Award prices.

The entire award speech by ILCA president Bo Weidema can be read here: Academy award 2007. Do yourself the favour of reading the outstanding articles from the 6 winners!

Helena Mälkki receiving her Award for both lifetime effort and best current article on LCA teaching.


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.