March/April 2024 Edition

Contents

  • LC Net Focus
  • Announcements
  • Project & Activity Updates
  • Spotlight on Life Cycle Networks
  • Life Cycle Community News
  • Life Cycle Event Calendar
  • Job Announcements

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LC Net Focus

 

UNEA-6 plenary session. © UNEP / Will Swanson. Find more UNEA photos on flickr

UNEA-6 took life-cycle approaches one step further: the Ministerial Declaration

The sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, UNEA6, took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 February to 1 March 2024. If, back in 2019, UNEA-4 meant the “coming of age” of life-cycle approaches, the relevance of holistically considering consumption and production systems across the life cycle seems to have come to life in UNEA-6.

In the words of Dr. Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, Director of the Industry and Economy Division, UNEP, “we may have reached a point, long desired in fact, where the environment is seen as material not only to human health and well-being, but also to the larger economy and its proper functioning.” And one may add that the ongoing negotiations for a legally binding instrument to address plastic pollution across the “full life cycle” are (finally) landing the notion that this encompasses the whole economy. Yes, the life cycle of plastics starts with the extraction of oil and gas; what seems obvious to life-cycle practitioners requires for many to come to terms with the need to radically change the way we run the economy. And change can be daunting.

And yet, the world’s ministers of environment “emphasize the importance of advancing integrated, science-based approaches, informed by the best available science” through UNEA-6 ministerial declaration (UNEP/EA.6/HLS/L.1), and committed to address the challenges we all face with science- and knowledge-based actions. Further, paragraph 16 of the ministerial declaration calls for “life cycle assessment of the environmental and sustainable development impacts of specific technologies to make informed decisions”.

Read the full article on the Life Cycle Initiative website.

Announcements

Annual progress report

The Life Cycle Initiative is delighted to announce the release of its 2023 Annual Progress Report, providing a comprehensive overview of our activities, milestones achieved in 2023 and outlook for 2024. It highlights the progress of our projects that continue to deepen our impact and provide decision makers from governments and businesses with science-based information that enables sustainable development pathways.

Find out more about what we achieved in 2023. 

The Buildings and Climate Global Forum in Paris

The Life Cycle Initiative activities in the building and construction sector since the beginning of the year have been geared to the Buildings and Climate Global Forum. It is the first global forum on buildings and climate”, jointly organized by the government of France and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It welcomed all global players in the sector to the Palais des Congrès in Paris from 7 to 8 March.

The Life Cycle Initiative has been taking the lead in the session “Data, LCA & Knowledge” together with the UK Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), striving for consensus on methodologies and standards for data-driven LCA of buildings. As part of this event, our sub-working group, the Whole Life Cycle Policy Coalition (WLCP.Co) launched the 10 recommendations on addressing whole life cycle of the built environment in the buildings breakthrough, developed in a consensus building process as a universal guideline to implement the buildings breakthrough.

Bidding Farewell to our departing interns: Eugenia and Marvin

It’s time to say “à bientôt!” to Eugenia Brignone and Marvin Lauenburg, who have provided significant support to the Life Cycle Initiative over the past six months!

We extend our heartfelt thanks to them both for the new ideas, energetic collaboration and hard work they brought to the Initiative’s various project areas.

As they embark on their next adventures, we wish them nothing but the best for all their future endeavours.

Project & Activity Updates

Biogenic Carbon Project

Accounting for biogenic carbon in LCA is challenging due to inconsistency in internationally recognized approaches. This leads to conflicts in modelling and limits the comparability, verification, and credibility of studies. The “Considering Biogenic Carbon in LCA” project of the Life Cycle Initiative, implemented by the University of Bath aims to reach a unified consensus on the handling of biogenic carbon through expert-led, multi-stakeholder working groups.

Register your interest to join the working groups here.  Kindly refrain from using this form If you have already submitted your application in the previous call.

Article on GLAD mapping activity within the Nomenclature WG now available online

The GLAD Nomenclature Working Group (NWG) developed a procedure and a set of criteria to map elementary flows among major nomenclature systems and reviewed bidirectional mappings. This paper provides an overview of the methodological approach followed by the NWG to achieve the resulting mapping files.

Consult the open access article on the IntJLCA.

Update on the SCP-HAT

We are pleased to introduce new updates to the Sustainable Consumption and Production-Hotspot Analysis tool  SCP-HAT 3.0! The tool now entails data until and including 2024, featuring both updated datasets and modeled data for the most recent years. The tool was presented at (UNEA-6).  The latest version enables more accurate country-specific and more refined sector-based analyses along various value chains. This allows hotspots of environmental and socio-economic impacts to be identified, trends of environmental pressures to be traced, and paths to sustainable production and consumption to be unveiled.

ALCAS set to deliver Australian National Life Cycle Inventory Database

The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) is Australia’s peak professional organization for people involved in the use and development of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), management and thinking. A not-for-profit organization, ALCAS has individual and corporate members from industry, government, academia, and service organizations. They welcome membership from people interested in the practice, use, development, education, interpretation of and advocacy for life-cycle based approaches.

The Australian National Life Cycle Inventory Database (AusLCI) is a major initiative currently being delivered by the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS). The aim is to provide and maintain a national, publicly accessible database with easy access to authoritative, comprehensive, and transparent environmental information on a wide range of Australian products and services over their entire life cycle. It is an invaluable tool for those involved in environmental assessment and particularly life cycle assessment (LCA), as it provides consistent guidelines, principles, and methodologies for the collection of life cycle inventory (LCI) data, along with protocols for LCA processes for different sectors. We very much look forward to seeing AusLCI connected as a node in the Global LCA Data Access network (GLAD) very soon!

Life Cycle Community News

Obituary: Mike Levy, former ACC executive

Mike Levy, a longstanding partner of the Life Cycle Initiative which he helped to setup, collaborator of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA), former plastics industry trade association executive, active participant of ISO working groups, pioneer in the field of life cycle assessment (LCA) and above all a friend to anyone who got to know him, died on 25 Feb 2024. His contributions and the advocacy for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) are recognized globally. May he rest in peace.

IndiaTex launched at Bharat Tex Conference 2024

Following the footsteps of the InTex project, the Life Cycle Initiative is pleased to contribute to the launch of IndiaTex: “Innovative Business Practices and Economic Models in the Textile Value Chain in India.” This four-year UNEP project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, aims to accelerate the transition of the Indian textile sector towards circularity.

The project was launched at the Bharat Tex Conference during the “Accelerating the Transition of the Indian Textile and Apparel Sector towards Circularity” event held on February 28th. Claudia Giacovelli, Programme Management Officer at the Life Cycle Initiative, was present for the occasion and participated as one of the panelists in the discussion.

UNEA-6 Textile Side Event: “Connecting the Threads: A coordinated policy response to transform the textile value chain and offer solutions which preserve nature”

InTex was proud to showcase the work of SMEs supported by the project in the African region. The UNEA-6 side event “Connecting Threads”, in fact, exhibited the works of the Kenyan small and medium enterprises to shed light on how their businesses upscaled and integrated circular solutions to their production processes. The event not only raised awareness on InTex’s success, but it also proved how life-cycle approaches can be adopted by smaller businesses in developing countries. Organized by Türkiye’s Ministry of Trade and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the event launched an inclusive and sustainable Global Policy Dialogue on Textiles.

Addressing synergies and opportunities: Red ACV and the Life Cycle Initiative

The Life Cycle Initiative will be presenting its activities and projects, with a special focus on SCP-HAT during a community event organized by Rede ACV. As a member of the Life Cycle Initiative and partner with UNEP’s One Planet Network (CI-SCP), Rede ACV values institutional partnerships for knowledge sharing and impact.

Join us on April 16th at 14:00 CET to understand how Rede ACV and the Life Cycle Initiative can share competencies to address common challenges!

Email secreteria@redeacv.org.br to receive the link.

Call for Participation: Global Life Cycle Community Survey!

The global Life Cycle Community Survey by FSLCI aims to enhance understanding of the global status of LCA. The survey aims to identify key issues, areas of interest, and developments in the life cycle space. It takes around 15 minutes to complete, and anonymized results will be presented at LCIC 2024 and published on FSLCI’s website in open-source format for research use. Deadline: March 20, 2024.

Call for Abstracts: EcoBalance 2024

EcoBalance 2024, that will be held from 3-7 November 2024 in Sendai, Japan, is calling for abstract submissions on the conference’s theme ” Life Cycle Thinking – Beyond Carbon“. Its aim is to promote sustainability by fostering life cycle thinking and connecting global efforts towards carbon neutrality, welcoming contributions that advance practical and theoretical approaches towards this goal.

  • Abstracts for oral and poster presentations must be submitted in plain text and should not exceed 300 words. The abstract submission deadline is 10 April, 2024 (JST).
  • The scientific committee of EcoBalance 2024 is also calling for proposals for partner events, to be submitted by 15 July 2024 to the following email address ecobalance@ilcaj.org.

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Free online Life Cycle Talks with Bengt Steen: April 23rd

The Swedish Life Cycle Center is holding a free online Life Cycle Talk on April 23rd from 10-10.30 CET, featuring Bengt Steen, a Professor emeritus at Chalmers University of Technology. He will discuss the monetary valuation of environmental impacts, providing insights into both its present status and future prospects.

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MENA LCA Network to hold Capacity Building Event in Jordan

The MENA LCA Network will host the first of two capacity building events in Jordan on April 21st. The session aims at fostering expertise in LCA and will welcome a diverse audience, including engineers, LCA experts, consultants, students and industry professionals. By building local and regional expertise, the workshop aspires to contribute significantly to the promotion of environmentally conscious decision-making rooted in LCA in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Life Cycle Event Calendar

Operational Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Methodology Supporting Decisions Towards a Circular Economy: Final Conference

18 April 2024 • Brussels, Belgium • 14:00 to 18:30 CEST

Following the three-years development of the operational Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) methodology under the ORIENTING project, the ORIENTING Consortium announces the ORIENTING Final Conference, which will take place on 18 April 2024, from 14:00 to 18:30 CET, in Brussels, Belgium. The Conference is organized in two parts:

  • Part I, 14:00 – 17:00 CEST. It is aimed at officially presenting the main results of the project and targets policy makers, industry organisations, research institutions and NGOs.
  • Part II, 17:00 – 18:30 CEST. It will run as an accelerator session within the World Circular Economy Forum 2024 (WCEF), and targets companies of any size for showcasing and deep diving into the ORIENTING toolbox for evaluating sustainable circular solutions.

More information.  Registration deadline April 5th.

Two-day course in Applied Life Cycle Thinking
10-11 April 2024 • Gothenburg, Sweden

The Swedish Life Cycle Center is offering a two-day paid course in Applied Life Cycle Thinking at Chalmers University of Technology. Its aim is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of how to apply life-cycle thinking in their organizations through real cases and proven methods. Course leaders from academia, research institutes, and organizations, coupled with selected guest lecturers, will support participants in practicing the knowledge acquired and applying the new skills.

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86th LCA Discussion Forum. Safe- and Sustainable-by-Design
25 April 2024 • Zürich, Switzerland, ETH Zentrum Campus

The forum explores Safe- and Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD) and the role of LCA, fostering discussions and development. SSbD, pioneered by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC), transforms the European chemical industry by merging safety and sustainability. It advocates a comprehensive assessment, combining safety with the planetary boundary framework (LCA and sustainability). Collaboration between risk assessors and LCA communities is crucial, especially in early-stage evaluations. After introducing the SSbD framework, participants will present perspectives and tools, leading to a collaborative session to create an SSbD Roadmap.

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SETAC Europe 34th Annual Meeting

5-9 May, 2024 • Seville, Spain

The 34th Annual SETAC Europe Meeting is scheduled for May 5th to 9th in Seville, Spain. The conference theme, “Science-based Solutions in Crisis: Uniting Science and Policy for Environmental Challenges” focuses on global-scale environmental approaches addressing safety concerns, sustainability, and remediation options for chemical pollution during crises. Registration will open in February.

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9th International Social Life Cycle Assessment Conference (S-LCA 2024)

28-31 May, 2024 • Curitiba, Brazil

The 9th International Social Life Cycle Assessment Conference (S-LCA 2024) will take place from May 28th to 31st 2024 in Curitiba, Brazil.

The S-LCA 2024 is organized by Gyro, from the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), together with the Federal University of Ceará (UFC) and the Federal Institute of Goiás (IFG), supported by the Social LCA Alliance and the Working Group on ACV-S (GTACV-S).

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LCIC 2024

3-5 July, 2024 • Berlin, Germany and online

The 4th Life Cycle Innovation Conference will be held in Berlin, Germany, and online. Early Bird tickets are available now! LCIC 2024 gathers a diverse group of sustainability enthusiasts, including innovators, researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers. The conference theme, “Collaborate, Innovate, Co-create,” emphasizes interaction and networking. With sessions, workshops, and barcamps covering various life cycle innovation topics, each conference day focuses on policy, decarbonization, and digitalization.

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5th Chilean Conference on LCA

7-9 August, 2024 • Talca, Chile

The 5th Chilean Conference on Life Cycle Assessment will take place at the Universidad Católica del Maule (UCM), Chile. The Conference is jointly organized by the local LCA Network (RedACV Chile) and the UCM, with the support of the Iberoamerican Network of LCA (RICV) and the Life Cycle Initiative. The event will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from Chile and abroad, to discuss the central theme of “advancing efforts towards a sustainable economy”. You may contribute to this Conference by submitting an abstract for the following sessions: 

  • Environmental Life Cycle Assessment 
  • Social Life Cycle Assessment 
  • Life Cycle Costing 
  • Eco-labelling and Environmental Product Declarations 
  • Circular Bioeconomy 
  • Circular economy 
  • Sustainable cities 
  • Water, energy and food nexus 
  • Sustainable production systems 
  • Sustainable Organisations and Services 

Submit your abstract
More information: https://redacvchile.wixsite.com/acvchile or by email.

14th LCA Food International Conference

8-12 September 2024 • Barcelona, Spain

The 14th LCA Food conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain. Hosted by IRTA, a research institute under the Government of Catalonia and the Ministry of Climate Action, Food, and Rural Agenda, this conference is committed to reducing the environmental impact of agrifood systems and advancing healthier, more sustainable diets. With a 28-year legacy, it has grown into the world’s foremost platform for addressing environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability. It attracts participants from academia, consultancy, agrifood companies, NGOs, and public bodies, occurring biennially across Europe, America, and Asia.

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SETAC Europe 26th LCA Symposium, “Making LCA Meaningful: Good Data, Better Models, Sustainable Decisions”

21 – 23 October 2024 | Gothenburg, Sweden

The SETAC Europe 26th LCA Symposium is a two-and-a-half-day event gathering experts from academia, industry, government, and NGOs to discuss the latest research and applications in life cycle assessment (LCA). This year’s theme, “Making LCA meaningful: good data, better models, sustainable decisions,” aims to enhance life cycle inventory data, improve life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) application, and deepen the understanding of LCA’s diverse contexts and enhancements. The symposium will offer presentations, discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities to contribute to these goals.

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First edition of the MCV Conference series (MCV 2024)

13-14 November, 2024 • Lille, France

MCV is the first French-speaking conference on life cycle practices. The conference was founded based on the request of industry research and public institutions to promote the topic of Life Cycle Thinking in French-speaking regions. The primary objective of the MCV conference is to bring together decision-makers, experts, researchers, and institutions to discuss and exchange lifecycle-based initiatives, innovations, products, and services. Although the primary language of the conference is French, simultaneous translation is provided to facilitate knowledge exchange.

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Life Cycle Job Announcements

UNEP – Pharmaceutical Lifecycle Expert

UNEP is recruiting a pharmaceutical lifecycle expert consultant for a Geneva-based position. The role involves reporting on identified hotspots and pathways of pharmaceutical residues, drafting recommendations for manufacturers and regulatory authorities, providing an overview of existing methodologies, and contributing technical input to expert meetings and consultations. The deadline to apply is March 15th.

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UNEP – Coordinator of a toolkit development to assess plastic pollution sources in aquatic environments

UNEP is seeking a consultant for a 12-month home-based position as Coordinator of toolkit development to assess plastic pollution sources in aquatic environments. The role involves crafting a final draft for toolkit application and facilitating its introduction and implementation in a designated pilot country. The deadline to apply is March 20.

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Unilever – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analyst in Sharnbrook, England

Unilever is hiring multiple junior LCA analysts with a passion for environmental sustainability to join the expanding team at the Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC). This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to use their scientific expertise to make a significant positive impact, whilst working in a supportive, team-based environment.

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Unilever – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Research Scientist in Sharnbrook, England

Unilever is seeking LCA research scientists who have a passion for environmental sustainability to join a growing team of experts in our Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC). This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to use their scientific expertise to make a significant positive impact, whilst working in a supportive, team-based environment.

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Ongoing call for LC Net contributions

Members of the Life Cycle Initiative, please feel free to submit your event, job vacancy, news, capacity development opportunities, topics and stories related to life cycle thinking and LCA, to be shared with the global life cycle community. We are always looking for featured coverage on the experience how life cycle thinking contributes to different policy agendas, sustainable business and decision making, in various countries and regions. You may send your content to info@lifecycleinitiative.org. 

Note that we cannot accept contributions of a commercial nature. LCNet is released bimonthly in the beginning of January, March, May, July, September and November; please send us your piece approximately two weeks before the release date. We look forward to your contributions in disseminating life cycle knowledge from global policy and business agendas! 

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