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SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting
May 22, 2016 - May 26, 2016
22-26 May 2016
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) unit in Europe will be dedicated to “Environmental contaminants from land to sea: continuities and interface in environmental toxicology and chemistry”. The Life Cycle Initiative will lead 3 sessions: From streamlining LCA to new concepts of hotspots analysis; Life cycle data developments; and Consensus building in life cycle impact assessment. We also plan to share exciting updates from our capacity development activities, among others, through the Life Cycle Initiative booth: watch this space! A one-day, back-to-back workshop will also be dedicated to international discussions on LCA data review on Friday 27 May 2016.
Life Cycle Initiative Sessions
1) Life Cycle Data and Modeling Developments – From Data Collection to Usage
Bruce W. Vigon, Llorenc Mila i Canals, Christoffer Krewer Monday May 23, 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM, Salle R2
Much is happening to mainstream life cycle approaches these days. Given the criticality of wellcharacterized, accurate, and relevant data that are readily exchangeable across the globe, this session aims to present the range of ongoing research, development, and applications to support practitioners and decisionmakers. Included in the session topics are forums and working activities around making data sharable in the international and national arenas from a guidance and standardization perspective. Also included are recent developments in making data public, data review procedures and criteria, nomenclature and flow naming conventions, and ensuring user awareness of data quality characteristics during dataset development and data selection. The latter is often referred to as the documentation of meta-data, and efforts towards agreeing common frameworks on meta-data reporting are also invited to this session. All life cycle based approaches, Life Cycle Assessment (inventory and impact assessment), hotspots analysis, environmental product declarations and labels, and others are accommodated as long as the focus is on databases, data, and meta-data.
2) Consensus building in life cycle impact assessment: experiences, achievements and challenges
Olivier Jolliet, Rolf Frischknecht, Llorenc Mila i Canals, Serenella Sala Wednesday May 25, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Auditorium 450
Improving life cycle impact assessment models to be applied in the integrated environmental assessment of products is crucial. Several efforts are ongoing to address this need of improvement. To answer this, the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative (2012-2017) has launched a flagship project to provide global guidance and build consensus on environmental LCIA indicators (see https://www.lifecycleinitiative.org/). The flagship project is focusing on building consensus for different impact categories. A Pellston workshop (to be held in January 2016) will be devoted to find consensus on a first set of impact categories, namely: land use impact on biodiversity, water depletion, respiratory inorganics, climate change. The overall LCIA framework as well as several cross cutting issues will be also discussed. A common case study is being developed and serves to test and evaluate the harmonised impact indicators and to ensure their practicality. The aim of the special session is to report the result of the Pellston workshop and to discuss the way forward, e.g. in policy and business related contexts. Regarding the European policy context, the European Commission is aiming at a similar process covering land use related impact at midpoint, water related impact, respiratory inorganics and resource depletion to be used in the context of the Product Environmental Footprint studies. Progress on this impact assessment harmonization process will also be presented in this session. Acceptability and applicability of the methods will be discussed aiming at improving the use of the models in practice and the interpretation of the results. The session will also place some emphasis on the balance between continued methodological development and the need for stability and consensus for more efficient use of life cycle approaches in policy and private sector, supporting decision-making and communication.