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TU-301: Improving interpretation, presentation and visualisation of LCA studies for decision making support
Tuesday, 05/Sep/2017:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Session Chair: Serenella Sala, European Commission - Joint research centre, Italy
Session Chair: Jessica Andreasson, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden
Location: Salle de Conférences de presse
European Convention Center - Ground Floor - "Salle de Conférénces de presse"

Session Abstract

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:

  • approaches for interpretation and hotspots analysis
  • methods for sensitivity analysis, variability and uncertainty analysis,

  • new way of visualizing LCA results, using interactive tools and advanced visualization (such as tree-maps),
  • rationale on how to choose a visualization/ graphical tools depending on the key messages to show and on the audience
  • ideas on how to exploit the large amount of data used in LCAs to provide new insights, using visualization

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4:00pm - 4:15pm

Use of LCA results to support decision-making in process industries

Hanna Pihkola1, Tiina Pajula1, Carlos Tapia2, Michael Ritthoff3, Peter Saling4, Ywann Penru5, Sari Kuusisto6, Annamari Enström6

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

Andreas Bednarz5, Julia Beier4, Thomas Grünenwald1, Birgit Himmelreich5, Baerbel Hundt3, Florian Ansgar Jaeger12, Martin Kirchner7, Stephan Krinke15, Ulla Létinois6, Christina Merz7, Lisa Mohr14, Dave Morris6, Nikolaj Otte8, Gerald Rebitzer2, Peter Rudolf Saling1, Urs Schenker10, Diederik Schowanek11, Gerd Vollmer9, Alain Wathelet13, Niklas von der Assen3

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

Céline Alexandre, Elisabeth van Overbeke, Maxime Dupriez, Johan Lhottelier, Bernard De Caevel

RDC Environment, Belgium

Alexandre-Visualizing the effects of parameter variability on comparative LCA results-384_POSTER.pdf

4:45pm - 5:00pm

Tailored for decision – Knowing your target group prior to adaptation

Emma Rex1, Niklas Fernqvist1, Sven-Olof Ryding2, Klas Hallberg3, Emma Ringström3, Lena Landström4, Jessica Andreasson5, Anna Widerberg5, Lisbeth Dahllöf6, Rebecka Hallén Jorquera7

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

Cristina Rodríguez, Andreas Ciroth, Sebastian Greve

GreenDelta, Germany

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Decision support for life cycle design of food and packaging

Naoki Yokokawa, Hirokazu Sugiyama, Masahiko Hirao

The University of Tokyo, Japan


Decision in LCA: a new approach introducing economic actors and sensitivity analysis

Anne Ventura

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

Anahí Patricia Grosse-Sommer, Thomas H Gruenenwald, Nicola S Paczkowski, Peter R Saling, Richard N van Gelder

BASF SE, Germany

Grosse-Sommer-Applied Sustainability in Industry-177_POSTER.pdf


Gamification in LCA: A test case for an agricultural application.

Markus Frank1, Torsten Rehl2, Sebastian Schulze2, Andreas Durst2, Richard van Gelder1

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

Thomas Jan Nemecek, Andreas Roesch, Maria Bystricky, Gérard Gaillard

Agroscope, Switzerland

Nemecek-Target group oriented and goal dependent impact assessment and interpretation-254_POSTER.pdf


Addressing the green water scarcity footprint of eucalypt production in Portugal

Paula Sofia Quinteiro1, Sandra Rafael1, Pedro Villanueva-Rey2, Myriam Lopes1, Luís Arroja1, Ana Cláudia Dias1

1University of Aveiro, Portugal; 2University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Quinteiro-Addressing the green water scarcity footprint of eucalypt production-257_POSTER.pdf


Arctic life cycle impact assessment – gaps in high north LCA

Johan Berg Pettersen, Xingqiang Song

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Pettersen-Arctic life cycle impact assessment – gaps in high north LCA-272_POSTER.pdf


Interpreting and communicating LCA results in models with high variability and uncertainty – the wider impact of the AQUAVALENS project

Carmen M Torres-Costa, Francesc Castells, Maria José Figueras

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Torres-Costa-Interpreting and communicating LCA results in models with high variability and uncertainty – the _POSTER.pdf


Assessment of biodiversity in LCA – a novel approach to an elusive impact category

Torsten Rehl1, Sebastian Schulze1, Andreas Durst1, Richard van Gelder2, Markus Frank2, Anita Hallmann3

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

Andreas Schiffleitner1, Martina Prox2, Jan Hedemann2

1iPoint-Austria GmbH, Austria; 2ifu Hamburg GmbH, Germany

Schiffleitner-Automation of Life Cycle Assessment by combining energy management data and material_POSTER.pdf


From scientific knowledge to business practice: how to bridge the LCA reporting strategy gap?

Monia Niero, Alexandra Bonou, Stig I Olsen

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Niero-From scientific knowledge to business practice-446_POSTER.pdf


Credible LCA Communications: the yellow brick road to building budget and buy-in

Carole Dubois, Lori Gustavus, Sarah Mandlebaum, Natalia Stepanova


Dubois-Credible LCA Communications-489_POSTER.pdf


A Social Life Cycle Metrics guideline for Chemical Products

Olivier Muller1, Andrea Brown2, Jacobine das Gupta3, Pierre Coers4, Juliette Lefebure1

1PwC, France; 2WBCSD; 3DSM; 4Solvay

Muller-A Social Life Cycle Metrics guideline for Chemical Products-496_POSTER.pdf


What LCA Information to Communicate to Decision Makers?

Yuki Hamilton Onda Kabe, Luiz Gustavo Ortega, Kajiura Gustavo

Braskem, Brazil

Kabe-What LCA Information to Communicate to Decision Makers-498_POSTER.pdf


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

Christoffer Krewer, Jennifer Davis, Anna Woodhouse, Karin Östergren, Emma Holtz

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden

Krewer-Early phase design tool for non-LCA experts-509_POSTER.pdf


Tools and its key elements for presenting results of LCA studies for Civil Society

Julia Paglerani Monteiro de Andrade, Marcela Porto Costa, Rafael Selvaggio Viñas, Juliana Maria da Silva

Fundação Espaço ECO/ BASF S.A, Brazil

Paglerani Monteiro de Andrade-Tools and its key elements for presenting results-510_POSTER.pdf


Using Life Cycle Knowledge to Inform and Inspire Action

Sanjeevan Bajaj, Archana Datta

FICCI, India

Bajaj-Using Life Cycle Knowledge to Inform and Inspire Action-533_POSTER.pdf


Tailoring LCA results in monetary terms for decision support

Tomas Ekvall1, Lisbeth Dahllöf1, Klas Hallberg2, Rebecka Hallén Jorquera3, Maria Lindblad1, Ellen Riise4, Mia Romare1, Bengt Steen5

1IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden; 2AkzoNobel; 3Swedish Life Cycle Center, Chalmers University of Technology; 4SCA; 5Chalmers University of Technology

Ekvall-Tailoring LCA results in monetary terms for decision support-539_POSTER.pdf


Datavisualization: Bringing right information for right decision

Florent Blondin

Environmental Picture, France

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