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January 2021

Publication Launch: Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Organisations 2020

21 January 2021 Join us 21 January 2021 14:00 CET for the official launch of the “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Organisations 2020”.  Together with the project Chairs, the first companies to apply the new guidelines will share their experiences and discuss the associated benefits. Email us [email protected] to register for the event.   We are looking forward to meeting you online!  >> Download the publication 

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January 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Sustainable Development Goals: Why and how to contribute as a business

28 January 2021 2030 is getting closer and closer. To reach the goals the United Nations (UN) set in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have to cooperate on all levels, and we see more and more businesses that want to do their part. Join us Thursday 28 January to hear how companies are approaching the SDGs in their business practices. To cover the various time zones, the event will be held twice: 9:00-10:30h CET OR 15:30-17:00h CET (pick the…

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January 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Virtual Event,

Sustainable Development Goals: Why and how to contribute as a business

28 January 2021 2030 is getting closer and closer. To reach the goals the United Nations (UN) set in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have to cooperate on all levels, and we see more and more businesses that want to do their part. Join us Thursday 28 January to hear how companies are approaching the SDGs in their business practices. To cover the various time zones, the event will be held twice: 9:00-10:30h CET OR 15:30-17:00h CET (pick the…

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January 28, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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February 2021

UNEA5 side event: Addressing single-use plastic products pollution with a life cycle approach

19 February 2021 Interested in knowing how various countries deal with plastic pollution? Want to know how single-use plastic products fare against their alternatives from an environmental life cycle standpoint? Tune in to this virtual UNEA5 side event to get the facts first-hand, ahead of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA5). This event responds to Resolution UNEP/EA.4/R.9 on “Addressing Single-use plastic products pollution” Date: Friday, 19 February 2021 Time: 14:00-15:30 EAT (UTC+3) To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1299553887714198032

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February 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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March 2021

Re-set for Ecobalance 2020

4-5 March 2021 EcoBalance is one of the longest established international conferences discussing methodologies and practices for sustainability. Due to COVID-19, the conference has been rescheduled. Ecobalance 2020 will now be held on-line 4-5 March 2021 in a hybrid format of on-line and on-demand talks. The call for papers has been extended.  You have until 11 January 2021 to submit an abstract.  Abstracts should be submitted here http://www.ecobalanceconference.org/  Any questions?  Please email us [email protected]

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March 4, 2021 - March 5, 2021
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April 2021

Preventing Plastic Pollution: The Role of Environmental Agreements and Regional Bodies

April 23, 2021 Head of the Life Cycle Initiative Secretariat, Llorenç Milà i Canals, will speak about UNEP’s work on life cycle assessment of single-use plastic products and their alternatives in this event co-organised by the UNEP’s office in Tanzania with The FlipFlopi Project, British High Commission Dar es Salaam and Empower, also featuring IUCN’s application of our joint guidance to quantify plastic leakage and shape action accordingly. Date: Friday 23rd April, 14h-16h East Africa Time / 13-15h CEST. Register: https://bit.ly/3wP1AcT

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April 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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May 2021

CILCA 2021 I IX International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America – “Think long term and act immediately”

31 May – 4 June 2021 CILCA 2021 proposes a space to address these new challenges with its traditional life cycle approach, accepting face-to-face and virtual participation in all its instances. In this way, we hope to provide an adaptable solution to the current pandemic of COVID-19 and the diversity of circumstances that can affect people and limit their participation in the traditional format.

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May 31, 2021 - June 4, 2021

June 2021

EU Green Week 2021

June 11, 2021 UNEP will be providing perspectives on the use of life cycle information to support consumer choices and lifestyles next to our colleagues in the Joint Research Centre, who will be launching the Consumer Footprint Calculator. Session title:  8.2 Walking tall and treading light – creating sustainable lifestyles with the environmental footprint tool Date:Thursday 3rd June 11.15-12.15h. Link:

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June 3, 2021 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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EU Green Week

3 June @11.15-12.15 CEST UNEP will be providing perspectives on the use of life cycle information to support consumer choices and lifestyles next to our colleagues in the Joint Research Centre, who will be launching the Consumer Footprint Calculator Session title:  8.2 Walking tall and treading light – creating sustainable lifestyles with the environmental footprint tool Date:Thursday 3rd June 11.15-12.15h. More information: https://www.eugreenweek.eu/

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June 3, 2021 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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USEtox near-field/far-field (eco-)toxicity’ Virtual Summer School

June 7 – June 11 4th official ‘USEtox near-field/far-field (eco-)toxicity’ Virtual Summer School | 7-11 June 2021 | Organized as PhD course by the USEtox International Center hosted at DTU Management | Draft program attached | Registration open now Participants work on their own cases to characterize human and ecotoxicity impacts of chemical emissions and chemicals in consumer products, and will learn how to apply USEtox in life cycle assessment (LCA), chemical substitution and alternatives assessment (CAA), high-throughput risk screening…

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June 7, 2021 - June 11, 2021
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InTex launch: UNEP’s new textile project

15 June 2021 11:00-12:00 CEST UNEP is supporting Sustainable Consumption and Production systems in the textiles sector by providing access to expertise and data on life cycle thinking, resource efficiency and circularity. The InTex project will officially be launched 15 June 2021 11:00-12:00 CEST. The project supports the uptake of eco-innovation and use of Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) within textile SMEs in Kenya, South Africa, and Tunisia. At the same time, it will catalyse global efforts to increase LCA data accessibility through GLAD; and will also…

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June 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Environmental impacts of single-use nappies: webinar

23 June @ 12pm CEST In continuation of the Life Cycle Initiative’s work on single-use plastic products and their alternatives, the study on nappies has recently been published. Join our panel of experts as they present and discuss the findings from this study on the environmental impacts of single-use nappies. They will be discussing the results of their Life Cycle Assessments comparing single-use nappies and their alternatives, as well as the implications for policymakers. Chair: Guy Schanschieff MBE, Chair of the Nappy…

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June 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a tool to evaluate single-use plastics in South Africa

29.06.2021 WEBINAR PROGRAMME Setting the scene: LCA and South Africa’s Extended Producer Responsibility legislation – Kgauta Mokoena, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment. Why LCA and single-use plastic products?– Llorenç Milà i Canals, UNEP Using LCA to evaluate single-use plastic products and alternatives – Llorenç Milà i Canals, UNEP Integrating litter into LCAs: the need and the approach – Dr Takunda Chitaka, University of the Western Cape Building on SA’s LCA expertise: way forward for effective LCAs in response…

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June 29, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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July 2021

What does a life-cycle approach applied to address marine litter and plastic pollution look like?

12 July 2021 During the first pre-meeting of the informal “Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution”, a request was made by Member States to UNEP and the Life Cycle Initiative (hosted by UNEP) to provide technical insights to the delegates on what does it mean to use a life cycle approach in the context of plastic pollution. In this sense, a webinar on “What does a life-cycle approach applied to address marine litter and plastic pollution look like?”…

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July 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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September 2021

LCM 2021

5-8 September 2021 The LCM (Life Cycle Management) conference series is one of the world’s leading forums for environmental, economic and social sustainability. The 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Management will take place from 5th-8th September 2021 in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference will be organized under the following theme: Building a Sustainable Future Based on Innovation and Digitalization. We invite all those of you who are interested in extending their knowledge and practice of Life Cycle Management – whether…

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September 5, 2021 - September 8, 2021

November 2021

79th Discussion Forum on LCA

18 November 2021 Collaboration within and beyond the LCA community: success stories, obstacles and solutions As collaborations are beneficial for the success of LCA, we encourage you to join us to have a lively discussion with members of the LCA community and experts from other disciplines who worked with LCA practitioners about: 1.      Which are the key factors for a successful cooperation within and beyond the LCA community? 2.      Multiple points of view at the same table to identify the challenges that…

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November 18, 2021

December 2021

Guidance on Social Life Cycle Assessment: Hybrid Event, Brussels & Online

7 December 2021 We are happy to announce a hybrid event on December 7th, 2021 at 13h30 CET at the Residence Palace in Brussels, as well as online, entitled “Implementing the New UNEP 2020 S-LCA Guidelines”. The event will be organized by the SLC Alliance, hosted by Mrs. Zakia Khattabi, the Belgian Minister of Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal, and co-organized with the Life Cycle Initiative and the Quebec Government Office in Brussels. It will have a hybrid format, with some availability for participants…

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December 7, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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February 2022

Reuse Solutions to Beat Plastic Pollution: UNEA 5.2 side event

28 February 2022 With only 9% of global plastic waste being recycled, managing waste once it’s generated is not nearly enough. How can we scale waste prevention solutions focused on reuse? This session convenes leading stakeholders and voices for change, calling for urgent action and embedding reuse as a critical tool in the fight against plastic pollution. The UN Environment Programme, WWF and the World Economic Forum call for accelerating multistakeholder collaboration, announcing the joint launch in 2022 of a…

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February 28 @ 4:15 pm - 7:45 pm

May 2022

SETAC Europe 32nd Annual Meeting

15-19 May 2022 The meeting will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark and Online. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 25th March! More information and registration.

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May 15 - May 19

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues: share your voice to end plastic pollution

29 May – 1 June 2022 You are invited to join the Multi-Stakeholder dialogues, which are part of the programme of the open-ended working group (OEWG), and organized by UNEP, the  Life Cycle Initiative, the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The dialogues are organized to engage and hear the voices of stakeholders that will be impacted by the international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution but would normally not participate directly in the negotiations. The outcomes will…

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May 29 - June 1
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