A Training Programme on Life Cycle Management Tools

Key to a Safe Journey - Introduction to the Life Cycle Management Navigator

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How to train SMEs to choose the right tools to manage their environmental impacts?

The Life Cycle Management Navigator (LCMN) Handbook aims at guiding information gatekeepers to prepare and conduct three-day trainings for SMEs. These trainings will enable SMEs to choose the right tools to manage their impacts on its environmental and social environment.

The training workshops pursue two overall objectives:

  • to illustrate the participating company representatives that Life Cycle Management is often supporting the achievement of traditional business targets such as profit making, high competitiveness etc., not necessarily conflicting with them.
  • to provide orientation in the growing "world" of Life Cycle Management tools.

The Handbook starts with a discussion on expectations and the added value of Life Cycle Management. It continues with an explanation on the drivers for Life Cycle Performance and internal and external demands on SMEs. Then an overview of tools are given and each is introduced one by one. Finally, it is focused on the possibilities for overcoming barriers and derivation of an action plan.

This CD-Rom presents the concept descriptions, training descriptions and training material for a three days training. The "heart" of the workshop is the presentation of the tools for Life Cycle Management, which can be characterised by their focus, ranging from internal to stakeholder, and their purpose from measuring to reporting.

This overview enables the trainer to select the tools that would be most relevant for their audience.

Even though the Wuppertal Institute recommends five of these tools as most relevant for SMEs in developing countries, the specific background of the participating companies and their main interests may suggest presenting another set of tools. In the end, the selection on which tools to present is up to the trainer, who should try to customize the seminar according to the participants needs. Regardless of the tools selected, the Wuppertal Institute proposes to maintain the following order

  • Integrated Management Systems (IMS)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Carbon Footprinting (CF)
  • Life Cycle Design (LCD)
  • Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
  • Performance Evaluation and Environmental Product Declaration (PE)
  • Corporate Reporting (CR)
  • Responsible Supply Chain Management (RSCM)

The workshop should be understood as a first step of capacity building, giving an overview of current and future trends as well as a more detailed insight to a selected number of important tools for Life Cycle Management.

The composition of the workshop has been adjusted to effectively achieve the above-mentioned targets. To make each workshop a success, we would like to encourage you as a workshop trainer to read these sections carefully and to consider our suggestions for training.

TIPS for the trainer!

To get used to the structure of the LCMN Handbook, start navigating by clicking on one of the steps listed on the right hand column.