September 3 - 6, 2017
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TU-301: Improving interpretation, presentation and visualisation of LCA studies for decision making support
According to ISO 14040 interpretation is the phase of LCA in which the findings from the inventory analysis and the impact assessment are considered together. It should deliver results that are consistent with the defined goal and scope of the study and which reach conclusions, explain limitations and provide recommendations. ISO 14044 further specifies that interpretation comprises the following elements: i) identification of the significant issues based on the results of the LCI and LCIA phases of LCA; ii) an evaluation that considers completeness, sensitivity and consistency checks; iii) conclusions, limitations, and recommendations.
Despite the interpretation being a crucial step for supporting decision making, it is often not performed in a systematic way. For example, the sensitivity analysis, the variability and uncertainties analysis, the comparison with results coming from different disciplines and domains are not properly done. So far, numerous LCA studies have been published and are often used by decision makers (both in business and policy contexts) to support the identification of hotspots or for drawing conclusions from meta-reviews while missing a good interpretation.
Besides, LCA is a methdology that is used for very different audiences: decision-makers, scientists, public authorities, consumers, etc. These audiences have different backgrounds and expectations. However, the way LCA results are presented is too often generic instead of being tailored to their needs. This leads to frequent difficulties to understand LCA studies.
Finally, LCA deals with numerous environmental impact indicators, large amount of data, complex uncertainties, spatial differentiation etc. LCA has evolved from e.g. a simple CO2 and energy accounting to the assessment of large and complex consequential systems. Still, the way the results are presented has not changed a lot, i.e. mainly barcharts, piecharts, simple tables and Sankey diagrams while in the meantime, data visualization and analysis has evolved, with new interactive ways of displaying results, which may both help interpretation and communication of the results.
The session aims at discussing how to promote a transition toward more robust interpretation, presentation and visualization of the LCA results. This includes the identification of key elements and criteria for knowledge capitalization, with regard to existing studies.
We invite presentation and discussion on application of:
4:00pm - 4:15pm
Use of LCA results to support decision-making in process industries
1VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland; 2Tecnalia Research and Innovation; 3Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy; 4BASF SE; 5SUEZ; 6Neste Corporation
4:15pm - 4:30pm
Life cycle management in industry – supporting business with life cycle based assessments
1BASF SE, Germany; 2Amcor; 3Bayer AG; 4Beiersdorf AG; 5Covestro Deutschland AG; 6DSM; 7Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH; 8Henkel AG & Co. KGaA; 9Merck KGaA; 10Nestlé Research Center; 11Procter & Gamble; 12Siemens AG; 13Solvay; 14thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG; 15Volkswagen AG
4:30pm - 4:45pm
Visualizing the effects of parameter variability on comparative LCA results
RDC Environment, Belgium
4:45pm - 5:00pm
Tailored for decision – Knowing your target group prior to adaptation
1RISE Research Insitutes of Sweden; 2IVL Swedish Enviornmental Reserach Institute; 3Akzo Nobel; 4Vattenfall; 5Volvo Cars; 6Volvo Group; 7Swedish Life Cycle Center
5:00pm - 5:15pm
Systematic hotspots analysis in LCA supported by novel graphical and data quality visualisations
5:15pm - 5:30pm
Decision support for life cycle design of food and packaging
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Decision in LCA: a new approach introducing economic actors and sensitivity analysis
Research Institute in Civil Engineering and Mechanics (GeM) UMR 6183, UBL (Université Bretagne Loire), Université de Nantes, Chair in civil engineering and eco-construction
Applied Sustainability in Industry: The BASF Eco-Efficiency Toolbox for Decision-Making and Marketing Support
BASF SE, Germany
Gamification in LCA: A test case for an agricultural application.
1BASF SE, Germany; 2RIFCON GmbH, Germany
Target group oriented and goal dependent impact assessment and interpretation in LCA: The example of the agri-food sector
Addressing the green water scarcity footprint of eucalypt production in Portugal
1University of Aveiro, Portugal; 2University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Arctic life cycle impact assessment – gaps in high north LCA
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Interpreting and communicating LCA results in models with high variability and uncertainty – the wider impact of the AQUAVALENS project
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Assessment of biodiversity in LCA – a novel approach to an elusive impact category
1Rifcon GmbH, Germany; 2BASF SE, Germany; 3thinkstep AG, Germany
Automation of Life Cycle Assessment by combining energy management data and material information on the example of the automotive industry
1iPoint-Austria GmbH, Austria; 2ifu Hamburg GmbH, Germany
From scientific knowledge to business practice: how to bridge the LCA reporting strategy gap?
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Credible LCA Communications: the yellow brick road to building budget and buy-in
A Social Life Cycle Metrics guideline for Chemical Products
1PwC, France; 2WBCSD; 3DSM; 4Solvay
What LCA Information to Communicate to Decision Makers?
Early phase design tool for non-LCA experts: a case study of integrating environmental assessment in the development of novel processing technology in food industry
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
Tools and its key elements for presenting results of LCA studies for Civil Society
Fundação Espaço ECO/ BASF S.A, Brazil
Using Life Cycle Knowledge to Inform and Inspire Action
Tailoring LCA results in monetary terms for decision support
1IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden; 2AkzoNobel; 3Swedish Life Cycle Center, Chalmers University of Technology; 4SCA; 5Chalmers University of Technology
Datavisualization: Bringing right information for right decision
Environmental Picture, France
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