2003 Events

Lausanne Meeting of the Working Groups of the Life Cycle Initiative, in conjunction with SETAC/ISIE LCA case study symposium, 2 December 2003 International Expert meeting on Toxicity models in Life Cycle Impact Assessment organised with the European OMNIITOX project at Faculty de Lausanne, Switzerland, 1-2 December 2003. For more information, see LC.net article or please contact Olivier Joillet

International Workshop on Quality of LCI Data organised by the Research Centre Karlsruhe, Germany, 20-21 October 2003.

International Conference and workshops on environmental product declarations, Arranged in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers in Stockholm , Sweden, 29-30 September 2003.

2nd International Forum on Life Cycle Management, organised at Weyerhaeuser, Seattle, USA, 26 September 2003. For more information, please contact Guido Sonnemann.

Life Cycle Initiative events at the SETAC-Europe Annual meeting in Hamburg, Germany, 27 April – 1 May, 2003. One year after the launch of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, activity levels have reached an all time high. The initiative was present with several events at the SETAC conference in Hamburg

  • Opening session, 27 April 2003, Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, chair of the International Life Cycle Panel, gave a keynote speech. She said, “the Life Cycle Initiative is starting to serve as a global catalyst for life cycle knowledge transfer, fostering the use of life cycle thinking in government, industry, and consumer decision-making world-wide.”
  • Life Cycle Impact Assessment Workshop, 30 April/ 1 May US EPA and the Life Cycle Initiative organised together the Workshop Taxonomy of Impact Categories and the Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) Framework – Criteria to systematically proceed. The workshop had some really interesting outcomes:
    • To enlarge the scope of the quantitative life cycle indicators by including, next to environmental indicators, also safety, work conditions, costs, and possibly labour;
    • To open the LCIA framework for a developing country perspective since current indicators are not always progress-orientated with regard to human development;
    • To consider whether a Taskforce should be set up for the same topic.
  • For more information, please contact Jane Bare
  • Kick-off meeting for Working Groups, 29 April 2003, Around 100 experts attended the Kick-off meeting for Working Groups. The initiative’s programme managers informed the interested experts about the current state of the three definition studies. Open questions were discussed. The experts expressed interest in further supporting the initiative’s work. It is expected that many will participate in a series of Taskforces over the upcoming year.