Why this course?
- Get a detailed understanding of how LCA works
- Familiarize yourself with LCA to be able to do more expert LCA courses
- Learn how LCA works in practice and how it is applied with real-life LCA examples
The “Life Cycle Assessment: fundamentals and applications” is a training offered by the Sustainability group of the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM), Maastricht University supported by FibreNet project, an innovative EU-funded H2020-MSCA-ITN project that trains PhDs in the field of bio-based fibres. FibreNet is a consortium of 15 European academic and industrial organizations. Together we strive to bridge the knowledge-gap between the properties of fibres and fibre-based products in order to enable product tailoring, products with new functionalities and brand-new fibre products.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a standardized method to quantify the environmental impacts of a product or a service over its life cycle and has been used extensively in different sectors as an important decision-making tool for researchers, engineers, scientists, managers, and policymakers. LCA plays a crucial role in a transition toward a more circular economy and sustainable development.
Objectives of the course
The “Life Cycle Assessment: Fundamentals and applications” aims to:
- Provide a clear explanation of the framework and principles of LCA (following the international ISO standards).
- Teach how the participants can perform an LCA study.
- Show the potentials and applications of LCA in the transition toward sustainability and a biobased and circular economy.
At the end of the course, you should be able to:
- recall the fundamentals of life cycle thinking
- describe and understand what and why LCA is an important tool for sustainability.
- explain four standardized steps of an LCA study
- explain what a functional unit is and give an example for a product or system
- explain what defining system boundaries means
- classify different types of allocation systems in LCA studies
- summarize how environmental impacts are calculated in an LCA study
- interpret the results of an LCA study
- compare the results of different LCA studies for similar products or systems
- criticize a conducted LCA study
Last session – LCA applications: Case Studies
What? – In this last session, a case study is provided to the participants on a relevant topic (see, topics ideas). Participants will be assigned to groups depending on their field of expertise and background. The participants in each group are divided in two teams: Team A provides arguments supporting the case study and Team B provides arguments against the case study.
How? – Both teams will prepare a 7-min pitch presentation, where the participants will provide arguments in favor or against the case study using scientific literature (publications, reports, etc.) focusing on the LCA framework, namely the selection of system boundaries, functional units, allocation approach and environmental impacts. Afterward the pitch presentations, the participants will receive feedback from the instructors and a “winner team” will be selected.
Why? – The aim of this session is to foster the participants’ critical thinking and questioning of subconscious perceptions in the area of sustainability through discussions on a scientific level (scientific as opposed to populistic). This “small competition” will encourage an open debate between the participants and instructors on the importance and challenges of LCA.
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