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.

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.