The Life Cycle Initiative is pleased to provide the life cycle community worldwide with a series of training materials which focus on life cycle management and some specific tools such as (environmental) life cycle assessment. The materials produced include, where possible, handbooks for trainers and examples on what and how to implement a life cycle approach. They were produced by internationally acknowledged educational organizations.
Water Footprint Training
Published: 2016 (with the support of the European Commission)
The training materials include:
- An introduction to the basic concepts of water footprint, designed for a non-expert public. The module presents different types of water footprint metrics and the pros & cons (TBC) of theses metrics.
- Advanced training material for LCA practitioners, describing past and current methods and focuses on a life cycle based approach.
- Extensive descriptions of calculation methods of the impacts of water use and water consumption.
- Water Footprint basic training material pdf
- Water Footprint basic training material Powerpoint slides
- Water Footprint advanced training material pdf
- Water Footprint advanced training material Powerpoint slides
Life Cycle Management — Capability Maturity Model 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 strategic decision-making in business.
The LCM-CMM material consists of two components:
- the LCM-CMM guidance document (workbook) and
- the training slides and accompanying worksheets for in-class exercises.
Authors: Maite Aldaya, Derk Kuiper, Jason Morrison, Rita Schenck, Peter Schulte, Erika Zarate.
Description: This report provides an overview on the public and private initiatives as well as methods and tools for water accounting and efficiency worldwide with the aim of raising awareness and enhancing sustainable water management. The report includes three documents developed by UNEP:
- “Water footprint assessment, policy and practical measures in a specific geographical setting”. UNEP and Water Footprint Network.
- “Corporate Water Accounting – An Analysis of Methods and Tools for Measuring Water Use and its Impacts”. UNEP and UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate with the Pacific Institute.
- “Mapping Initiatives on Corporate Water Disclosure”. UNEP, the CEO Water Mandate and the Global Reporting Initiative.
Lead author: Jacqueline McGlade
Description: This report analyses the different ways for quantifying and accounting for water flows and productivity within the economy (including environmental needs). Based on data from the literature, the report provides the current state of knowledge of the different indicators and tools for quantifying water productivity and highlights why this is important for developing robust allocation and management systems that preserve the natural capital. It is therefore an important piece of work to inform the discussions on decoupling economic growth from water use and impacts and the debate on resource productivity indicators going beyond GDP and carbon that underpin a green economy. The report focuses on two main elements: 1) the conceptual background and knowledge on how water use puts pressure on the environment; 2) methodologies to quantify water availability and use and how this influences ecosystems.
Authors: Guido Sonnemann & Bruce Vigon
Description: The document provides guidance principles for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases; this includes how to collect raw data, how to develop datasets and how to manage databases. The publication also addresses questions concerning data documentation and review, coordination among databases, capacity building and future scenarios.
Primary authors: Reinout Heijungs & Helias Udo de Haes of CML, Leiden University, the Netherlands. Secondary authors: Philip White & Jay Golden, School of Sustainability, Arizona State.
Description: This training kit presents the central messages of Life Cycle Assessment in a format accessible to life cycle experts and practitioners. The training kit explains LCA under four topics (372 slides): (1) Introduction to LCA and its relation with environmental decision support; (2) Overview of LCA; (3) In-depth presentation of the main issues in LCA; (4) Specialization modules for selected topics. A list of resources is also available such as a complete example of LCA kindly provided by our Mexican partners
Authors: Jennifer Cooper, Josh Hendry, Chris Peterson and James Fava of Five Winds International, Greg Schiefer of SETAC North America, Sonia Valdivia & Guido Sonnemann of UNEP, Allan Astrup Jensen of FORCE Technology, Paolo Frankl of Ecobilancio
Published: 2007 Description: The LCM Training kit is based on the work of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative task forces on Life Cycle Management. Life Cycle Management aims to minimize the environmental and socio-economic burdens associated with product or product portfolio throughout its entire life cycle and value chain. This training kit consists of 4 parts and more than 700 slides (from an introduction, through how to use LCM and to communicate on benefits, to the presentation of stakeholders expectations). It also illustrates how businesses are putting life cycle thinking into practice.
Authors: Allan Astrup Jensen, Arne Remmen, Anne Landfield, Kim Christiansen, Kun Mo Lee, Tom Swarr, Paolo Frankl, Michael Kundt, Burcu Tuncer, Gerald Rebitzer, Robert Ackermann
Description: In 81 slides, this tool provides an introduction to sustainability and life cycle thinking before explaining life cycle management in several steps: integrated management systems and tools, life cycle based design and product development, communication of life cycle information, stakeholder relationships, economic aspects in LCM, and process LCM. It also provides examples of applications of these aspects in life cycle management.