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International Standardisation of Carbon Footprinting Special session coordinator: Matthias Finkbeiner, TU Berlin Carbon footprinting (CF) is really fashionable these days. Like with all fashion, not all that glitters is gold. But, on the other hand we have the market demand. Whether it is real or just perceived or just desired seems not so important. There is enough momentum for numerous international, na-tional and sectoral initiatives underway to deal with CFP.
Operationalizing LCA within Industry Special session coordinator: William Flanagan, GE Industrial interest in LCA has increased substantially in recent years as a result of several factors including product-focused regulatory and standard-setting activities, retailer initiatives, consumer interest, green competition, increased corporate social responsibility, supply chain greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, and evolving green marketing guidelines. LCA provides the opportunity to address product life cycle issues across the value chain, ultimately leading to a more efficient utilization of the planet’s limited natural resources in order to meet the needs of society with the lowest environmental impact. This session focuses on the application of LCA within industry, and offers perspectives from companies that have been practicing LCA for many years as well as those that have only recently begun to implement life cycle perspectives.
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (Int J LCA) is the first journal devoted entirely to LCA. LCA has become a recognized instrument to assess the ecological burdens and impacts connected with products and systems, or, more generally, with human activities. The LCA-Journal - which has been expanded by a section on Life Cycle Management (LCM) - is a forum for: -Scientists developing LCA and LCM -LCA and LCM practitioners -Managers concerned with environmental aspects of products -Governmental environmental agencies responsible for product quality -Scientific and industrial societies involved in LCA development -Ecological institutions and bodies.
Training tools The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative is pleased to provide the life cycle community worldwide with a series of training materials which focus on life cycle management and some specific tools such as (environmental) life cycle assessment. The materials produced include, where possible, handbooks for trainers and examples on what and how to implement a life cycle approach. They were produced by internationally acknowledged educational organizations. UNEP is developing a database of trainers that used the materials provided below.
NEW (09/07/2012) - The LCA Resources Directory has been improved to increase knowledge sharing among the life cycle thinking (LCT) community: a new Study section has been implemented to allow registered contributors to characterise and share LCA studies among the community. If you want to know more about this new Resource Directory, please read the paper This Directory also contains metadata about LCT-related services, tools and databases and their corresponding developers and providers. Disclaimer: The listing of the tools, service providers, and databases in this Directory does not imply any preference on the part of the Commission. The details provided by the third-party providers have been checked prior to publication, but no liability can be taken for the correctness of the information or any damage resulting from the use of the provided information.
The LCT forum is an independent and neutral mailing list aimed at providing experience and information exchange for users to support business, public administrations and the wider life cycle community. The main topic is Life Cycle Thinking and all related applications/activities from LCA to LC instruments and applications such as EPD, Ecolabel , Carbon footprint etc. All the mails posted should relate to this field. While you may reply to requests for information, data, services put by other subscribers to the list, unsolicited advertisement of services and spamming are not allowed.