Learn about Life Cycle Assessment


LCA is a well-established environmental accounting tool used to identify, characterise and assess environmental impacts across a product’s life cycle from raw material extraction (‘cradle’) to final disposal (‘grave’). By taking a systems perspective, LCA tools help businesses understand the flows of energy and matter involved in the material, processing, distribution and packaging elements of a product system, and can therefore be used to evaluate performance against a range of environmental indicators such as: climate change, ozone depletion and marine toxicity.

With ever increasing consumer pressures and strengthening environmental awareness, it is important that businesses future proof their product range and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by aligning their designs with that of the circular economy and the low-carbon transition. 

LCA studies can drive innovation by supporting the internal innovation process and guiding material choices on product design, development and manufacture. These studies not only highlight the potential ‘hotspots’ or areas of primary concern in the supply chain, they are often used to compare or ‘benchmark’ product design options, enabling businesses to make informed decisions that ultimately improve their environmental performance. Further, LCA methodology is internationally recognised as a means of identifying and verifying eco-innovation strategies underpinned by a thorough understanding of a product’s components, processes and sub-systems.

Participants in this workshop will also benefit from two virtual sessions with our experts, where they will be able to ask their questions and explore opportunities to drive innovation in their business using LCA.

  • Session 1. How Green is that Product?

    This part of the workshop will be delivered as an interactive session where we will use a benchmarking exercise to demonstrate how LCA can be used to support internal decision making. In this session, our experts walk attendees through the steps taken to identify study goals, develop the life cycle inventory, and other key methodical considerations to ensure reliable product modelling. With the support of GaBi life cycle engineering software, this live session will be used to test whether a reusable stainless-steel bottle is environmentally superior to a plastic alternative. The attendees will develop skills and knowledge that can later be applied to their own products.

  • Session 2: Scoping and Innovation

    Following the completion of the LCA workshop, our experts will engage in a Scoping and Innovation discussion to learn more about your company and discuss your innovation priorities. Participants will get an opportunity to clarify the LCA process and discuss how it applies to their business. If relevant, we will discuss product specific data requirements and additional support that you could receive from the NextGenChem Hub to continue your innovation journey.

The workshop is organised into 6 units

  • Life Cycle Assessment: Benefits, Applications & Societal Context

  • Life Cycle Scoping and Inventory Development

  • When Is Waste a Waste? End of Life (EoL) Treatment in LCA

  • Life Cycle Impact Assessment

  • Interpreting & Communicating LCA Results

  • Utilising LCA Data to Boost your Sustainability Disclosure

At a glance

Here is a summary of what you can expect from this workshop

  • 4 hours to complete the workshop

  • Practical exercises and case studies

  • Pdf slides to download

  • Free of charge to eligible companies

  • 2 virtual sessions with the NextGenChem scientists & experts

Workshop curriculum

  • 1

    Life Cycle Assessment Introduction

    • Initial Knowledge Survey

    • LCA Introduction Handout

    • Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment

    • LCA workshop slides for your reference

  • 2

    Module 1 Life Cycle Assessment, Benefits, Applications and Societal Context

    • Module 1 - Part 1 Life Cycle Assessment: Background

    • Module 1- Part 2 Applications & Benefits

    • Module 1 - Part 3 Links to Regulatory Frameworks and the Circular Economy

    • Module 1 - Test your learning

  • 3

    Module 2 Life Cycle Scoping and Inventory Development

    • Module 2 - Part 1 Life Cycle Scoping and Inventory Development

    • Module 2 - Part 2 Inventory Analysis (LCI)

    • Practical Exercise - Smartphone LCI activity

    • Practical Exercise - Smartphone LCI activity sheet

    • Smartphone LCI answers

    • Module 2 - Test your learning

  • 4

    Module 3 When is a Waste a Waste? End of Life Treatment in LCA

    • Module 3 - Part 1 When is Waste a Waste?

    • Module 3 - Part 2 Supply Chain Interconnectivity and EoL Methods

    • Module 3 - Part 3 Evaluating Allocation Methods

    • Module 3 - Test your learning

  • 5

    Module 4 Life Cycle Impact Assessment

    • Module 4 - Part 1 Life Cycle Impact Assessment

    • Module 4 - Part 2 Commonly used Environmental Indicators

    • Module 4 - Part 3 Optional Elements

    • Module 4 - Test your learning

  • 6

    Module 5 Interpreting and Communicating LCA Results

    • Module 5 - Part 1 Interpreting & Communicating LCA Results

    • Module 5 - Part 2 Reporting Findings

    • Module 5 - Part 3 Dissemination of Results

    • Module 5 - Test your learning

  • 7

    Module 6 Utilising LCA Data to Boost Sustainability Disclosure

    • Module 6 - Part 1 Utilising LCA Data to Boost Sustainability Disclosure

    • Module 6 - Part 2 LCA in Sustainability Reporting

    • Module 6 - Test your learning

  • 8

    Evaluation

    • Evaluation - Please choose the most appropriate answer to each statement

Instructors

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Dr Stella Stoycheva

Stella leads the Sustainability Division at Yordas Group and provides consulting in the areas of sustainability strategy, reporting and stakeholder engagement. She also plays a key role in the EU Funding Division of the company where she is actively involved in large scale EU funded research projects focused on risk assessments of key enabling technologies (e.g. nanomaterials). She is a co-chair of the EU Nanosafety WGA - Communication, Training and Education and active member of the Cluster dissemination and stakeholder engagement activities.

Sustainability Consultant

Damon Waterworth

Damon joined Yordas Group after completing his Masters in Energy and Environment at Lancaster University. Damon leads the development and delivery of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Management System and Auditing (MS&A) services.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the four-stage methodology employed by LCA studies 
  • Identify the most suitable type of LCA based on your product goals or organisations 
  • Be aware of the data requirements and limitations
  • Appreciate the key benefits and challenges of undertaking an LCA 
  • Gain knowledge of how to use LCA to support your sustainability disclosures

How you will benefit from this workshop

  • Identify the most suitable type of LCA based on your product goals or organisations

  • Be aware of the data requirements and limitations and appreciate the key benefits and challenges of undertaking an LCA

  • Gain knowledge of how to use LCA to support your sustainability disclosures

This workshop series is suitable for anyone who wants to understand or implement LCA as a means to drive innovation in their business and improve the sustainability of their products.

Contact us so we can discuss your eligibility to participate in this workshop free of charge.