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MO-202: Potentials and limitations of combined life cycle approaches and multi-dimensional assessment
Monday, 04/Sep/2017:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Session Chair: Johanna Kristina Berlin, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
Session Chair: Diego Iribarren, IMDEA Energy, Spain
Location: Salle E
European Convention Center - First Floor - "Salle E"

Session Abstract

While life cycle methodologies such as LCA, CFP and emergy analysis focus on the evaluation of the environmental realm of systems, other approaches such as LCC, SLCA and LCSA attempt to extend life cycle thinking to other spheres of sustainable development. Though valuable and useful, the life cycle-based approaches proposed to date have not yet succeeded in providing a well-accepted and sound evaluation of sustainability issues. In this respect, it is acknowledged that the combined use of life cycle and other system-based or non-life cycle methodologies might offer interesting potentials towards a robust and practical assessment with a multi-dimensional perspective. Nevertheless, scarce and scattered information is available on this type of integrative approaches.

LCM, LCA and other system-based approaches (e.g., technological innovation systems [TIS] analysis, policy and market analysis, and design and analysis of user needs) provide clues about the environmental, economic and social nature of current and future industrial systems. Material flow analysis, cost-benefit analysis, energy systems modelling and multi-criteria decision analysis tools such as Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) are also among the methodologies that have already been used in combination with life cycle approaches. However, because each of the methods separately is likely to provide different observations and conclusions, the development of harmonised approaches and guidance for technical innovation is required. Within this context, further discussion on both potentials and limitations concerning the use of hybrid approaches is needed.

With the aim of providing a common platform for exchanging experiences, this session calls for contributions addressing methodological developments and/or case studies based on the harmonised use of different systemic approaches. Practical examples of combined methods and interdisciplinary applications are welcomed. Discussion on industry and policy implications of the contributions is required (e.g., potential use for benchmarking performance indicators or decision- and policy-making).

Session format: The format of the proposed session at LCM 2017 would follow a “discussion panel” format, spanning 90 minutes with 6 short presentations (5-7 minutes) and then discussion. A larger number of contributions would be allocated to the poster session.

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4:00pm - 4:10pm

A systematic approach to an environmental techno-economic assessment alongside technology development

Gwenny Thomassen1,2, Miet Van Dael1,2, Steven Van Passel2,3

1VITO; 2Hasselt University; 3University of Antwerp

4:10pm - 4:20pm

Multicriteria and Lifecycle-based integrated sustainability assessments: common challenges and points of divergence

Carlos Tapia1, Aritz Alonso1, Hanna Pihkola2, Tiina Pajula2, Michael Ritthoff3, Peter Saling4, Ywann Penru5, Alexander Röder6

1Tecnalia R&I, Spain; 2VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland; 3Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy; 4BASF; 5Suez Environnement; 6CEMEX

4:20pm - 4:30pm

Current Practice, Limitations and Recommendations for Life Cycle Sustainability Evaluations of Biomass Value Chains

Michael Martin1, Frida Røyne2, Åsa Moberg1, Tomas Ekvall1, Albin Pettersson1, Anja Karlsson1

1IVL-Swedish Environmental Research Institute; 2RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

4:30pm - 4:40pm

Sustainable road planning. LCA tools designed for optimization at an early and a late stage of road infrastructure planning

Johanne Hammervold1, Bob Hamel2

1Asplan Viak AS, Norway; 2Norwegian Public Road Administration

4:40pm - 4:50pm

Assessing impacts of land use change using predictive, spatial modelling.

Sarah Sim1, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer2, Perrine Hamel2, Benjamin Bryant2, Ryan Noe3, Carina Mueller1, Giles Rigarlsford1, Michal Kulak1, Virginia Kowal2, Richard Sharp2, Julie Clavreul1, Edward Price1, Stephen Polasky3,4, Mary Ruckelshaus2, Gretchen Daily2,5

1SEAC, Unilever, United Kingdom; 2Natural Capital Project, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, USA; 3Natural Capital Project, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, USA; 4Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, USA; 5Department of Biology, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, USA


Good practices in food waste management. Integrating economic, social and environmental criteria

Isabel Noya, Sara González-García, Gumersindo Feijoo, Maria Teresa Moreira, Pedro Villanueva-Rey

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Can We Feed the World? An Integrated Framework for Sustainability Assessment of a Production System in the Australian Food Industry

Murilo Pagotto, Anthony Halog

The University of Queensland, Australia

The value of assessing multiple perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches in the transition to a bio-based economy: the prospect for converting mixed food waste into bio-based chemicals

Birgit Brunklaus1, Frida Røyne1, Johanna Berlin1, Emma Rex1, Johanna Ulmanen1, Graham Aid2

1RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden; 2RAGN-SELLS AB

Brunklaus-The value of assessing multiple perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches-299_POSTER.pdf


Integrating Urban Metabolism Analysis concept in the Environmental Assessment of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Sara Gonzalez-Garcia1, Pedro Villanueva-Rey1,2, Fernando García-Guaita1, Gumersindo Feijoo1, María Teresa Moreira1

11Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Technology, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain; 22Centre of Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal.

Gonzalez-Garcia-Integrating Urban Metabolism Analysis concept in the Environmental Assessment-159_POSTER.pdf


Assessing the eco-efficiency of fisheries: combined application of life cycle assessment and data envelopment analysis in the Cantabrian purse seining fleet

Jara Laso1, Ian Vazquez-Rowe2, Maria Margallo1, Isabel Garcia-Herrero1, Angel Irabien1, Ruben Aldaco1

1Universidad de Cantabria, Avda. de los Castros s/n 39005 Santander, Spain; 2Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Departamento de Ingeniería, Red Peruana Ciclo de Vida. Avenida Universitaria 1801, San Miguel L0032, Lima, Perú

Laso-Assessing the eco-efficiency of fisheries-171_POSTER.pdf


Combined use of Data Envelopment Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment for gradual operational and environmental benchmarking in terms of continuous improvement

Diego Iribarren1, Cristina Álvarez-Rodríguez2, Mario Martín-Gamboa1, Ian Vázquez-Rowe3, Yago Lorenzo-Toja4, Javier Dufour1,2

1Systems Analysis Unit, Instituto IMDEA Energía, Spain; 2Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group, Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain; 3Peruvian LCA Network, Department of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru; 4Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Iribarren-Combined use of Data Envelopment Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment-179_POSTER.pdf


Propagating uncertainty in life cycle sustainability assessment into decision-making problems: a multiple criteria decision aid approach

Breno Barros Telles do Carmo1,2, Manuele Margni1,2, Pierre Baptiste1

1Polytechnique Montréal, Canada; 2CIRAIG, Montréal

Carmo-Propagating uncertainty in life cycle sustainability assessment into decision-making problems-215_POSTER.pdf


Integrated LCA approach applied to nanomaterials

Clara Valente, John Baxter, Andreas Brekke

Ostfold Research AS, Norway

Valente-Integrated LCA approach applied to nanomaterials-266_POSTER.pdf


Why hybridise? Pitfalls and potential of integrating life cycle tools

Greg Peters1,2, Yumi Kobayashi3, Nicholas Ashbolt4, Stuart Khan2

1Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 2University of New South Wales, Australia; 3Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil; 4University of Alberta, Canada

Peters-Why hybridise Pitfalls and potential of integrating life cycle tools-293_POSTER.pdf


Potentials and limitations of combined life cycle approaches and multi-dimensional assessment


NICE, India


Cherry picking in interdisciplinary policy assessment?

Tomas Ekvall

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden

Ekvall-Cherry picking in interdisciplinary policy assessment-361_POSTER.pdf


A critical review of existing water accounting methodologies

Marlinde Knoope1,2, Catherine Price1, Christoph Balzer1, Ernst Worrell2

1Shell, United Kingdom; 2Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Knoope-A critical review of existing water accounting methodologies-393_POSTER.pdf


Combination of material flow analysis and life cycle assessment for the evaluation of the plastics packaging waste management system in Austria.

Emile Van Eygen, David Laner, Johann Fellner

TU Wien, Austria

Van Eygen-Combination of material flow analysis and life cycle assessment-412_POSTER.pdf


Coupling the assessment of environmental performance and air quality in residential buildings in a decision making support tool

Alice Micolier1,2, Philippe Loubet1, Franck Taillandier2, Guido Sonnemann1

1CyVi, ISM, Université de Bordeaux, France; 2GCE, I2M, Université de Bordeaux, France

Micolier-Coupling the assessment of environmental performance and air quality-413_POSTER.pdf


Early-stage LCA and EHS screening using in vivo zebrafish assays to assist green design: a case study of cellulose nanocrystal foam

Li Shen1, Lianghui Tan1, Steven Mandley1, Willie Peijnenburg2, Susanne Waaijers2, Danniel Giesen3, Jessica Legradi4

1Utrecht University, Netherlands, The; 2National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands, The; 3Deltares, Netherlands, The; 4Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,Netheralnds, The


Hotspots Analysis for Promoting Circular Economy

Yasushi Kondo1, Koichi Tachio2

1Waseda University, Japan; 2Japan Environmental Sanitation Center, Japan


RELCA: a REgional Life Cycle inventory Approach for biobased networks

Sinèad O'Keeffe1, Alberto Bezama1, Daniela Thrän1,2

1Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Bioenergy. Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany; 2Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ), Bioenergy Systems Department. Torgauer Straße 116, 04347 Leipzig, Germany

OKeeffe-RELCA a REgional Life Cycle inventory Approach for biobased networks-537_POSTER.pdf


Application of absolute consumption and consumer satisfaction as a unit of measurement in eco-efficiency: a case with book reading activity

Eri Amasawa, Tomohiko Ihara, Keisuke Hanaki

The University of Tokyo, Japan


Multi-dimensional assessment perspectives for sustainable development: A case study of sericulture

Jitti Mungkalasiri, Ruthairat Wisansuwannakorn, Nongnuch Poolsawad

MTEC, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand


Evaluation of Product Impacts on Biodiversity in the context of sustainable production: The Product Biodiversity Footprint project

Caroline Catalan, Suzanne Rabaud, Hugo Anest, Benjamin Lévêque, Guillaume Neveux

I Care & Consult, France


Towards better life cycle approaches through combined use of system-based methodologies: a case study of interrelationships among environmental sustainability, food systems and diet

Tianchu Lu, Anthony Halog

The University of Queensland, Australia

Lu-Towards better life cycle approaches through combined use-596_POSTER.pdf



Augustin Chanoine, Mariane Planchon, Olivier Jan

Deloitte, France



Social Hotspot analysis of a Boiler: pros and cons of the implementation.

Francesco Guarino1, Marzia Traverso2, Sonia Longo1, Maurizio Cellura1

1University of Palermo, Italy; 2Italian Association Network of LCA, Italy

Guarino-Social Hotspot analysis of a Boiler-295_POSTER.pdf

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