The “UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Award” acknowledges the work from academics and private companies in developing and emerging economies who have started visionary and innovative projects based on the “cradle to cradle” or “life cycle approach”.

The first edition of the LCA Award (2006) received over 30 applications, the second edition received 23 projects and the third edition 13 projects for projects on life cycle approaches from developing economies, from which 23 were selected and supported with complimentary commercial software and databases.

Third Edition of the LCA Award (2010) for Non OECD countries

Based on the success of the previous 2 LCA awards, the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative launched the 3rd edition of the LCA Award for the period of 2010.

The following projects have been granted with 1- year license of Life Cycle softwares.

  • CEFET – MG, Brazil. Life Cycle Inventory of process of extrusion blow molding of high density polyethylene (HDPE) in fractions of virgin and recycled.
  • Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). Brazil. LCA of nanocellulose obtained from unripe coconut fiber.
  • Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária -Embrapa). Brazil. Environmental impact
    assessment of the vegetable oil obtained from Jatropha curcas L (physic nut), used in production of biodiesel.
  • Cenipalma. Colombia. Life Cycle assessment of palm biodiesel.
  • Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais. Brazil. Life Cycle Analysis of the Reuse of Cement bags for Composite Material Manufacturing.
  • University of Mauritius (UoM). Mauritius. LCA study of paper use, reuse and disposal in Mauritius.
  • Atacama Consulting. Uganda. Life Cycle Assessment of Tea Manufacturing at James Finlay Uganda: A Case study of Mwenge Tea Factory.
  • Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), Middle delta branch TANTA R.B.O. Egypt. Life Cycle and Environmental assessment of producing compost and fodder from rice straw in Gharbia Governorate.
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – COPPE/UFRJ. Brazil. Life cycle Assessment of Drilling Fluid for Oil Wells.
  • College of Architecture and Environment, Suichuan University. China. Life Cycle Management of Cement in China – from analysis to application.
  • Central Leather Research Institute. India. Improved leather processing and latest waste treatment technologies for sustainability of leather industry using LCA.
  • Comercial Industrial Delta SA – CIDELSA. Peru. LCA of Geomembrane Installation Service in Peru.


Second Edition of the LCA Award (2008) for Non OECD Countries

The winners of the second edition were:

  • Hongtao Wang of the College of Architecture and Environment at the University of Sichuan, China for the “LCA Study on Generation and Transmission of Electricity in China”.
  • A team effort by  Pablo Arena for the study “Development of LCIA indicators for Latin American regions” and Barbara Civit for the study “Indicators for land use in arid regions” at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional – Facultad Regional Mendoza, Argentina.
  • Rogerio Valle of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the study of “LCA of biodiesel production: Case study of a pilot plant for used soybean oil”

The front runners-up were:

  • Pradip Gautam from Nepal for the project on the “Life Cycle Inventory analysis of a run of the river type hydropower project in Nepal”
  • Asiedu Alexander and George Afrane from Ghana for  the project Enhancing the Environmental Sustainability of Refined Palm Oil Production Using LCA Methods.

First Edition of the LCA Award (2006) for Non OECD Countries

The winners of this first edition were:

  • Kevin Harding and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, for their assessment of sugar production in South Africa.
  • Danielle Maia de Souza and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina for their work on adapting life-cycle approaches to measure the impacts of unsustainable practices on Brazil’s biodiversity.
  • Charles Mbohwa and his team from the Mechanical Engineering Department in the University of Zimbabwe for its earlier research on the life-cycle of newsprint paper.