Scope of the symposium

The symposium’s main purpose is to develop an intensive discussion on how LCA can contribute to innovation and enhance the (re)design of new and existing products and services, by respecting eco-design principles This will contribute to sustainable development through improved environmental performances. The discussion should comprise educational, research and industrial aspects. A special focus goes to identifying barriers and proposing solutions for improving the application of LCA in small and medium-sized enterprises, underlining the potential benefits.

Significant attention will go to the practical application of LCA in various industrial and energy sectors, with an emphasis on special and simplified methodological approaches, as well as on the situation and problems regarding LCA databases including the regional specificity.

In the spotlight: the application of LCA in urban areas, emphasising the promotion of eco-innovation at the level of communal activities.

As the communication of results is one of the key aspects of LCA, the symposium will include topics such as:

  • the use of LCA results for marketing purposes (e.g. eco-labelling);
  • the importance of continuous education of consumers in the field of LCA;
  • the integration of social and economic aspects.

A special session will be dedicated to the benefits that LCA networking can contribute to eco-innovation.

Symposium sessions:

  • LCA and Ecodesign to promote eco-innovation
  • Education on promoting eco-innovation and sustainability
  • LCA and SMEs: main motivations and advantages of using LCA
  • Environmental marketing and communications
  • Environmental footprints
  • Broadening the scope of sustainability assessment: Social LCA and LCC
  • Developments in LCA methodology: increasing the reliability, simplicity and applicability
  • LCA Databases and data networks: development and application of regional-specific LCI databases
  • LCA of energy systems
  • LCA of bio-systems and food products
  • LCA in industry - eco-innovation
  • LCA and urban metabolism: infrastructure, transportation, waste management
  • Special session: LCA networking: improving cooperation for eco-innovation
  • Special session: Water footprint - methods, standards and tools