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January/February 2014 Edition Contents

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Join us at the Life Cycle Initiative booth at the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting in Basel

For the first time, the Life Cycle Initiative will have a booth presence at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Basel (11-15 May 2014). The Initiative is planning to hold a number of mini-events at the booth - find us at booth #35 to pick up a schedule, get the latest update on flagship activities, and say hello! Read more about the event in Our Calendar below.

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Our Calendar: Where we'll be in the coming months

For a full calendar of life cycle events, see the Events page on our website.

1) International Workshop: LCA, LCM and Environmental Footprinting • Curitiba, Brazil • 24-26 February 2014

The Brazilian Life Cycle Association, the Federal University of Technology – Paraná and the Life Cycle Initiative is organizing a workshop on LCA< LCM and environmental footprinting in Curitiba, Brazil. Learn more.

** supported with ENRTP funding from the European Commission **

2) Product Environmental Footprint and Global Guidance Principles for LCA Databases Workshop • Beijing, China • 6-7 March 2014

A training workshop will be held in China in March on Product Environmental Footprint the Global Guidance Principles for LCA Databases. More details will be posted on the Upcoming Events web page when they are available. 

** supported with ENRTP funding from the European Commission **

3) Mainstreaming Life Cycle Thinking in South Africa Workshop • Pretoria, South Africa • 11 March 2014

A workshop is being organised for South Africa to discuss the opportunities and challenges for mainstreaming LCA and LC thinking in South Africa. Learn more. 

** supported with ENRTP funding from the European Commission **

4) LCM + Water Footprint Training Workshops • Cape Town, South Africa 12-14 March 2014 • Durban, South Africa 17-19 March 2014

Training workshops for Life Cycle Management and Water Footprinting are being organised in South Africa in conjunction with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). Learn more. 

** supported with ENRTP funding from the European Commission **

5) 3rd International Cooperation Meeting on LCA • Washington DC, USA • April 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with UNEP, are hosting an interactive international workshop focused on promoting a new intergovernmental partnership to improve LCA data accessibility, interoperability and application. Participation is by invitation. The workshop will be followed by the third in a series of intergovernmental meetings on promoting international cooperation on LCA, to further discuss issues identified in previous meetings, including interest in LCA data quality issues, applications of LCA in policy, and capacity building. Learn more.

6) SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting • Basel, Switzerland • 11-15 May 2014

The flagship project 1b "guidance on life cycle impact assessment indicators" will hold a meeting at SETAC Meeting in Basel, and the Water Use in LCA (WULCA) working group will be holding 2 events. Learn more. 

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Flagship Activity Feedback

Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators (Flagship 1b)
Co-chairs Rolf Frischknecht and Olivier Jolliet 

This flagship project will hold a meeting on 15-16 May back-to-back with the SETAC Meeting in Basel, starting with workshops of the individual Task Forces on Thursday 15 May and a plenary workshop on Thursday late afternoon and Friday, May 16, 2014. Learn more.

The WULCA workshop group had its kick off meeting on 23rd January, and plans to hold 2 events at the Basel SETAC meeting

LCA of Organisations (Flagship 1c)
Co-chairs Matthias Finkbeiner and Atsushi Inaba 

After the meetings in November 2013 in Japan on Scope 3 and LCA for Organisations, this flagship has been evaluating the comments received at the workshop, starting to collect case studies and will have a virtual meeting of co-drafters.

Data and Database Management (Flagship 2a)
Co-chairs Guido Sonneman and Bruce Vigon

The major news from this Flagship is the upcoming event in China in March, as outlined in the Calendar section above.Learn more.

Global Capability Development (Flagship 4a)
Co-Chairs Cassia Ugaya, Sanjeevan Bajaj, Sonia Valdivia

Global Capability Development activities are currently funded through the core budget of the Life Cycle Initiative and the ENRTP funding from the European Commission. Target countries for the current round of funding include emerging economies and developing countries with export oriented economies, such as Brazil, Chile, Peru and Mexico in Latin America, Turkey and Russia in Europe, Egypt, Morocco and South Africa in Africa and China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand in Asia. Learn more.

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Assessing Global Land Use

1) New report: Assessing Global Land Use - Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply 

A new report has been released by the International Resource Panel on Land Use. Access further details or download the report. 

2) Call for Abstracts - Upcoming Conferences

  • 4th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Innovation (ICGSI) & 3rd LCA Agri-Food Asia • Bangkok, Thailand // 22-24 May 2014 // short paper due by 1 March 2014 • Learn more. 
  • Indian Conference on Life Cycle Management (ILCM 2014) • New Delhi, India • 29-30 September 2014 • abstracts due by 1 July 2014 • Learn more. 
  • LCA Food 2014 • San Francisco, USA • 8-10 October 2014 • abstracts due by 14 February 2014 • Learn more.
  • EcoBalance 2014 Conference •  Tsukuba, Japan • 27-30 October 2014 • abstracts due by 25 March 2014 • Learn more.
  • Cilca 2015 • Lima, Peru • 13-16 July 2015 
  • LCM 2015 • Bordeaux, France • 30 August - 2 September 2015 • call for sessions has recently closed, call for abstracts opening soon • Learn more.

3) Save the date - Upcoming Meetings & Conferences

World Resources Forum // Arequipa, Peru // 19-22 October 2014 - This year’s World Resources Forum (WRF) will be held for the very first time in a Latin American country. The important initiative will travel to Peru and will add Latin American perspectives to its global focus. Refer to the WRF website for more details 

VIII Convegno della Rete Italiana di LCA  (Italian LCA Network) // Florence, Italy //  19-20 June 2014  - more details will soon be available on the Italian LCA Network website.     

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A Look Inside: Profiling our sponsors & members

Acknowledging our Existing Sponsors:
International Council on Mining & Minerals (ICMM)

The Life Cycle Initiative would like to acknowledge its longstanding supporter, the International Council on Mining & Minerals (ICMM). The ICMM was established in 2001 to act as a catalyst for performance improvement in the mining and metals industry and brings together 21 mining and metals companies, as well as 33 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations.  The overall aim of the organisation  is to maximize the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development, and as such the organisation has been a promoter of using Life Cycle approaches.  

>> Consult the full list of sponsors of the Life Cycle Initiative.

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Life Cycle Jobs

Postdoc full time position

There is an immediate Postdoc position in the department Material Flow Management and Resource Economy at the IWAR Institute of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt. Further information can be obtained by contacting Prof. Dr. Liselotte Schebek by telephone (+49 6151-163141) or e-mail (l.schebek (at)

American Center for Life Cycle Assessment Jobs Page

The ACLCA has a number of LCA related jobs on its website. Learn more.

European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) Jobs Page

 The JRC has a number of LCA related jobs on its website. Learn more. 

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Secretariat of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative

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