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News 2018

The most recent news from the Life Cycle Initiative. Archives from 2017, 2016 and 2015 are found below.

From our network: LCA-related job postings in Portugal

The Center for Industrial Ecology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, is seeking candidates for the following positions: – Post-doctoral Research Associate to work on the project “T4ENERTEC: Tools for supporting the selection of energy efficient technologies.” For further information and instructions on how to apply, please see: http://www2.dem.uc.pt/CenterIndustrialEcology/01_DOCUMENTS/Edital_InvestigadorDoutorado_T4Enertec_EN.pdf Details about the project can be found at…

New Project: Linking the UN Sustainable Development Goals to life cycle impact pathway frameworks

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 accompanying targets, with 230 indicators so far. Two years after their publication, these goals are still not widely implemented in business practice, and the sheer number of targets and indicators carries an obvious risk of cherry-picking and sub-optimal decision-making. One of…

Revision of the Social LCA Guidelines: workshop outcomes

The S-LCA Guidelines revision process passed a new milestone with its first face-to-face workshop that took place in Pescara, Italy, on September 12-14th, 2018. The workshop brought together 44 participants from 17 countries and from a range of sectors (academia, consulting, industry, international organisations). It offered a concrete opportunity for S-LCA practitioners to get involved…

Life Cycle Initiative joins over 250 global organisations to support New Plastics Economy

The Life Cycle Initiative Secretariat, on behalf of its members and with approval of the Steering Committee, has joined over 250 other global organisations and companies in the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, formalising its support as an endorser. The Life Cycle Initiative has a key role to play in providing support for a transition…

We’re recruiting an Intern for a 6-month post in our Paris office

The Life Cycle Initiative is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for a 6-month internship post in our Paris offices. More information: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=103831 Application deadline is October 2, 2018.

September/October LC Net newsletter is out!

In this edition of LC Net: LC NET FOCUS: Life Cycle Initiative members to gather for 2nd virtual General Assembly on 27 September 2018: Steering Committee Election process and deadlines 4th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA4) to put focus on life cycle approaches Call for volunteer reviewers for the reports of the Life Cycle Initiative Call…

Success Story: Natura – How Life Cycle Thinking is Boosting a Brazilian Cosmetics Firm

How Life Cycle Thinking is Boosting a Brazilian Cosmetics Firm For Brazil’s NATURA Cosméticos, sustainability has been at the centre of its business strategy for more than four decades – a “guiding principle” since the company was founded in 1969. But this manufacturer of cosmetics, fragrances and toiletries has also moved up a gear in…

Updating the Social LCA Guidelines

Towards an updated Guidelines for Social LCA – Scale up and road testing of Social LCA & Social Organizational LCA (S-LCA & SOLCA) Over the past decade and since the Life Cycle Initiative’s publication “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Products” (2009), the interest in social impact assessment of products and companies has…

Life cycle approaches to be a focus area at UNEA4

Towards the 4th UN Environment Assembly | March 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya The Life Cycle Initiative is preparing for the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA4) that will take place in Nairobi in March 2019, and which will address life cycle approaches as one of the focus areas to deliver “innovative solutions for…

September 27: 2nd General Assembly of the Life Cycle Initiative membership

Life Cycle Initiative members to gather for 2nd virtual General Assembly 11:30 – 15:00 (GMT+2, Paris time) On September 27, 2018, the Life Cycle Initiative will hold its second online General Assembly, which is open for participation to all members of the Initiative. Participants will hear the annual progress update on the Initiative’s activities, elect…

July-August Edition of LC Net is out!

In the July-August 2018 Edition of the LC Net:  Members: Mark your calendars for the 2nd General Assembly of the Life Cycle Initiative on 27 September 2018 Pellston Workshop® on Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators and Methods, Volume 2: Feedback Call for proposals on developing two e-learning modules Call for proposals on support of…

Launch of Uganda LCA Network

Congratulations and best wishes for success to the new Uganda LCA Network! The Life Cycle Initiative has been providing support and advice in various countries to set up LCA networks for further strengthening of LCA activities in different regions. During February-March 2016, meetings were co-organized with support of local Bureau of Standards and local LCA practitioners…

Feedback from Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management (GCV2018)

June 17–20, 2018 • Brasilia, Brazil: The 6th edition of the Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management was held from June 17 to 20, 2018, in Brasília, organized by the Brazilian Institute of Science and Technology Information (IBICT) and the Brazilian Life Cycle Association (ABCV), with cooperation from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)….

Second Life Cycle Initiative General Assembly to be held on 27 September 2018

General Assembly details Date: 27 September 2018 Time: 11:30 CEST Place: online On 27th September 2018, 11:30-15:00 (CEST), the Life Cycle Initiative will host its second online General Assembly, open to all members of the Initiative. We will use the opportunity to update members on the achievements over the past 12 months, discuss future activities,…

Call for proposals: Development of National LCA Database Roadmaps and further development of the Technical Helpdesk for National LCA Databases

Call for proposals: Development of National LCA Database Roadmaps, including further development of the Technical Helpdesk for National LCA Databases Desired final outcome The desired final outcome is to develop 3 national LCA database roadmaps in different countries and to further develop the Technical Helpdesk for National LCA Databases for this purpose. Who can apply...

Call for proposals: Development of e-learning modules on Life Cycle Thinking application

Call for proposals: Development of e-learning modules on the application of Life Cycle Thinking in policy and business decision-making Desired final outcome The desired final outcome is to develop two e-learning modules as follows: The application of Life Cycle Thinking in policy decision-making The application of Life Cycle Thinking in business decision-making Project proposals sought: Applicants...

Pellston Workshop works towards Volume 2 of Global Guidance for LCIA Indicators

24 to 29 June 2018, Parador El Saler, Valencia, Spain Workshop Summary report Following the first recommendations on indicators for climate change, human health impacts due to fine particles, impacts related to water consumption and biodiversity impacts caused by land use (Frischknecht & Jolliet 2016; Jolliet et al. 2018), a second Pellston Workshop®* was held…

Life Cycle Initiative publishes 2017 Activity Report

2017 has been particularly exciting and eventful at the Life Cycle Initiative (hereinafter referred to as the Initiative)! The Initiative concluded its Phase 3 (2012-2017) and launched a new strategy, with the main objective to scale up the Initiative’s activities with a more ambitious linkage to global policies and business agendas, under a more transparent…

Updates on two REAL pilot projects from the Asia Pacific

Two pilot projects are making great progress under the project REAL, funded by the European Commission. 1) Mobile App for reducing food waste Lookie Waste, the mobile-based application focuses on food consumption to monitor food waste and food packaging waste generated at the consumer level in daily life. It assesses the impact of food and…

Young Champions of the Earth 2018 Awards

The Young Champions of the Earth 2018 Awards We call all life cycle minded young champions out there to apply for the Young Champions of the Earth 2018 awards! Please share your ideas by applying by 4th April, and we hope to have one young champion from the life cycle community to help push progress...

GLAM project Pellston Workshop

GLAM project, and Pellston Workshop® on Life Cycle Impact Indicators, Part 2 As a legacy of the Initiative’s phase 3, the project “Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators and Methods” (GLAM) has been approved by the Steering Committee, as a project in the programme area on knowledge. This project aims to create a…

Great momentum gained for developing systemic solutions to marine plastics

Great momentum gained for developing systemic solutions to marine plastics Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Environment hosted a successful expert workshop in Paris (France) in February, under the GEF project “Systemic Approach to Marine Plastics”. More than 40 global experts, governmental officials, private sector actors and NGOs contributed to the workshop, and…

International Forum LCA Cooperation and GLAD platform

6th meeting of the International Forum on LCA Cooperation, and Launch event of the GLAD platform • April 26-27 2018 • Brussels, Belgium UN Environment, in collaboration with and through the generous contribution by the European Commission, is organizing the 6th Meeting of the International Forum on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Cooperation. We are pleased…

Call for proposals: Mapping the textile value chain

We are pleased to announce that UN Environment is issuing a call for proposals to develop a report on mapping the textile value chain. The report should identify key hotspots and intervention points, as well as trade barriers and opportunities, to enable sustainable textile value chains. The findings will guide action and decision making towards…

2017: Looking back and moving forward

2017 has been particularly exciting and eventful here at the Life Cycle Initiative! We concluded Phase 3 (2012-2017) and launched our new strategy, with the main objective to scale up the Initiative’s activities with a more ambitious linkage to global policies and business agendas, under a more transparent and open governance structure. Phase 3 of…

News 2017

World Resources Forum: the global platform for resources expertise

Profiling our members The Switzerland-based World Resources Forum (WRF) has been engaged with the Life Cycle Initiative for some years, but this global multi-stakeholder platform has now taken our collaboration to the next level as the WRF has been elected to the Initiative’s Steering Committee. With a large array of stakeholders, both individual and institutional,…

Braskem of Brazil: manufacturing major and life cycle innovator

Profiling our members The largest polymer manufacturer in the Americas, and largest biopolymer producer in the world, Braskem is one of Latin America’s most recent additions to a burgeoning life cycle community. But although Braskem only joined the Life Cycle Initiative as a direct sponsor this year, the company has been investing in life cycle approaches…

Successful discussions at the 2017 Indian Conference on Life Cycle Management

News from our Life Cycle Networks On 9-10 October, New Delhi hosted the 2017 Indian Conference on Life Cycle Management (ICLM 2017). Now in its sixth edition, this year’s conference gathered over 90 delegates to focus on the added value of life cycle knowledge to the Sustainable Development Goals. The event also addressed challenges specific…

Initiative’s first Steering Committee elected in online poll

Nine-member Steering Committee established After a five-day polling period, the Life Cycle Initiative’s first Steering Committee (SC) has been successfully elected. The individual SC members were first voted on by the Initiative members to establish the percentage of votes, and following this, the regional balance rule was applied (whereby each constituency must have three different…

Life Cycle Initiative holds first General Assembly

New membership brought together for first time On Thursday 21 September, over 50 members of the Life Cycle Initiative gathered 'virtually' for the first General Assembly, held online. Elisa Tonda, Head of the Consumption and Production Unit of UN Environment first set out the framework within which the Life Cycle Initiative will be working for...

O-LCA Road testing publication launched!

Experiences of 12 road testers with O-LCA application now available for download The report ‘Road testing organizational life cycle assessment around the world: Applications, experiences and lessons learned’ is now published! This report is being released following the successful launch in 2015 of the ‘Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment’, a Life Cycle Initiative publication...

Request for proposals – Revision of the 2012 UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines

About the project UN Environment is seeking technical expertise for the revision of the 2012 UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines (referred herein as “the SPP Approach”). UN Environment Economy Division is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced individual or not for profit organization referred herein as “Consultant” to provide substantive and administrative support...

Internship on Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) and Resource Efficiency: Apply now!

Applications are now being accepted for an internship working on projects related to Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) and Resource Efficiency. This intern opportunity is located within the Life Cycle Initiative unit of the Resources and Markets Branch, Economy Division of UN Environment (http://www.lifecycleinitiative.org/). The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Head of...

Call for Applications for the 2017 LCA Award: Extended to 13 July

Announcing the 2017 LCA Award Background: Capacity development activities of the Life Cycle Initiative The Life Cycle Initiative has the goal to enable users around the world to put life cycle thinking into effective practice, and UN Environment serves as its secretariat. The Life Cycle Initiative has contributed since 2002 to enhance the capacities and...

News 2016

Case Study: City of Bogotá, Colombia

More sustainable industry, healthier urban environment As a strategy to develop a healthier environment in the city, the environmental authority of Bogota supported a cluster of companies, which benefited from a UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative’s programme to learn and implement life cycle thinking. The benefits of implementing this approach were significant, enabling the...

New publication: Opportunities for National Life Cycle Network Creation and Expansion Around the World

The Life Cycle Initiative is poised to launch 2 new publications in October 2016. The first publication has already been launched in Kyoto, Japan on 4 October at the Ecobalance 2016 conference. Based on an introduction setting the scene for life cycle approaches from an international perspective and a global survey answered in average by more than 10% of...

Road-testing update and five new frontrunner organizations

Over the last months, eight frontrunner organizations have been testing the „Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment“, developed in the first phase of the flagship activity „LCA of Organizations“. All road-testers completed the scoping phase and documented it in what we call „Report I: The scoping phase and first outline of the assessment“. In a…

Call for experts for Life Cycle Impact Assessment flagship project

The Life Cycle Initiative is calling for experts to contribute in the Life Cycle Impact Assessment area! Expertise is needed in the following areas and task forces acidification & eutrophication and effect of eco-toxicity, human toxicity (including indoor) and fate of eco-toxicity (+PM) natural resources, with focus on mineral primary resources ecosystem services, with initial…

Strong Life Cycle Initiative presence at Ecobalance 2016: Join us!

EcoBalance 2016, the 12th Biennial Conference on EcoBalance 3-6 October / Kyoto, Japan This biennial conference series is about methodologies and practices for sustainability based life-cycle thinking. The 2016 theme, “Responsible value chains for sustainability” invites exploration of efforts at tackling challenges for embodying responsible value chains in business, compatible with value creation for companies…

Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia

UNEP/UNITAR virtual training “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia” A joint e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia” will be launched in early October 2016, by UNEP and UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research). This virtual training is organized as part of the ‘Resource Efficiency through Application…

Case Study: Finca Mountain Villa Rica

Better coffee, in every way Aware of the interest of working on its environmental impact both for the planet and to improve business performance, Finca Mountain Villa Rica, a coffee SME, benefited from a UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative’s programme, designed to help SMEs implement a life cycle approach. The company improved its products’...

“Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators”

Upcoming Global Guidance publication from the Environmental Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators Flagship The Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators 1 is aimed at LCA practitioners and method developers. It is the result of an over two-year long process of consensus building and consultation among world-leading experts and stakeholders. More specifically, the publication provides significant progress…

Call for participation: 2-day LCT/eco-innovation training in New Delhi

UNEP's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has issued a call for participants for a two-day training in life cycle thinking and eco-innovation, to be held 19 and 20 October 2016 in New Delhi.  Applications to participate are requested from individuals in the Asia and Pacific region. The two-day training is offered as part of the...

News 2015

Life Cycle Management training material published

Life Cycle Management-Capability Maturity Model (LCM-CMM) training material The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative is delighted to announce the launch of the Life Cycle Management-Capability Maturity Model (LCM-CMM) training material. The aim of the LCM-CMM is to focus on capability development and implementation to fully operationalize and mainstream Life Cycle Assessment in product development, marketing, and...

Two consultations underway

Two consultations underway 1. Global Guidance Principles Conformance Criteria The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative has been developing conformance criteria to allow assessment of the practical conformance of a given LCA database to the “Global Guidance Principles on LCA Databases” (also called “Shonnan Global Guidance Principles”) published under the auspices of the LC Initiative in 2011[1]….

Hotspots analysis videos

Hotspots Analysis flagship activity background Jim Fava, co-chair of the Hotspots Analysis flagship takes time at LCM 2015 in Bordeaux to give some background into hotspots analysis and the flagship project activities.

Organizational LCA videos

Matthias Finkbeiner speaks about the launch of the O-LCA Guidance publication At LCM in Bordeaux, Matthias Finkbeiner, co-chair of the LCA of Organizations flagship, speaks about the benefits of O-LCA and compares O-LCA to Organizational Environmental Footprint (OEF).

O-LCA road testing

Call for O-LCA road testing proposals The next step is to road test the guidance document in about 10 real organizations. By applying Organizational LCA to those organizations we aim to proof the potential of the methodology, add more experiences and promote its further use, and test the clarity of the document. The road testers…

Guidance on O-LCA launched

Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment published Nearly 70 participants of the flagship working group have been drafting and validating the “Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment” over the past two years. The long-awaited publication is now available for download. The authors expect the guidance document to support a broader application of organizational LCA. Organizational…

Opinion paper on basic requirements for footprint indicators

Environmental Science and Technology opinion paper published Consult the opinion paper on basic requirements for footprint indicators in Environmental Science and Technology.

International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment article

Int J LCA article published Consult the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment article: “Global guidance on environmental life cycle impact assessment indicators: findings of the scoping phase“