Regular sessions

A number of 14 regular sessions of different sizes – with different number of oral/poster presentations in each – are scheduled during the Symposium. A brief overview of the different sessions is provided below. 

RS-01. Carbon footprinting

Carbon footprinting is currently one of the most popular assessment tool and enables to quantify climate change impacts. This dedicated session primarily embraces carbon footprinting of a large variety of applications, e.g. in the agricultural sector, but also addresses some of the major methodological issues in the assessment of GHG emissions.

RS-02. Social Life Cycle Assessment

This session deals with methodologies and case studies related to the social dimension of sustainability assessment and with the trade-offs between social impacts on one hand and the other pillars of sustainability on the other hand.

RS-03. LCA of energy systems

Energy systems are (generally) the most important contributors to global warming even though their impact varies widely between regions. This session primarily presents case studies related to the reduction of carbon emissions, either through the use of renewable energy resources or through carbon capture.

RS-04. Non-carbon footprints

Illustrated by the recent advent of environmental footprint guidelines, footprinting has become increasingly popular. Beyond the widely-used carbon footprint, other footprints have emerged and are gaining interest among industries and authorities. Through case studies, this session gives the floor to all footprints but carbon footprint, i.e. primarily highlighting water and chemical footprints, and, to a lesser extent, nitrogen footprints.

RS-05. Life Cycle Management and Stakeholder involvement

Life Cycle Management (LCM) is a cross-functional discipline with a multitude of relations both internally in organizations and externally between organizations and stakeholders. This session offers a platform for presentations and discussions on current LCM issues from different areas including challenges in industry, e.g. in R&D projects, and collaboration between stakeholders in a broad sense.

RS-06. LCA in infrastructure, building and waste management sectors

Assessing the environmental impacts of activities like building and infrastructure as well as the disposal and potential reuse and recycling of the enormous amounts of waste that we produce is important since these activities are among the highest contributors to man-made environmental impacts. This session will cover many different aspects of both methodological character and specific case studies related to these sectors.

RS-07. Tools and new approaches for sustainability assessment

This session focuses on the application of emerging tools and new approaches for sustainability assessment such as IO-LCA, hybrid and streamlined LCA as well as the application of existing tools for sustainability assessment in new combinations with other approaches.

RS-08. Sustainability of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials

Nano-products are rapidly introduced on the consumer market. Yet, the environmental impacts that arise from the life cycle of nanomaterials are not fully known. Relying on both methodological and specific case study aspects, this session provides a glimpse of challenges and potential solutions that are being or could be developed when assessing environmental sustainability of nanotechnologies.

RS-09. Sustainability of bio-based products and biotechnologies

The accelerating growth of bio-based products on the world market creates ever increasing demands for LCA applications to promote environmental benefits through clean production and optimal use of the bio-feedstock while avoiding problem shifting. This session focuses on the application of LCA on bio-based products through method developments and LCA case studies. Cases include sustainability related issues within e.g. wood products, bio-plastics, fuels and land use change.

RS-10.  Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

This session focuses both on development of life cycle sustainability assessment, for example through indicator development, as well as on case studies including not only the environmental dimension of sustainability but also the social and/or economic dimension.

RS-11. LCA of transportation and communication

Transportation and communication are activities covered by most product systems. This session addresses LCA approaches that are considered relevant and applicable for assessing transportation and communication activities, and how the results of these assessments can be utilized in the improvement of specific product systems.

RS-12. LCA of food products (Poster session only)

As a consequence of a booming world population, the demand for food has dramatically risen, thus putting more pressure on the environment. LCA is an appropriate tool to assess and manage sustainability of food products. This session highlights LCA applications and practice in this important domain.

RS-13. Sustainability of materials and manufacturing technologies (Poster session only)

This session focuses on LCA applications and methodology development aiming to assess current or emerging technologies in the manufacturing stage of materials. Both case studies and tailored methods are presented for a wide spectrum of materials used in industrial applications.

RS-14. Guidelines and standardization in LCA (Poster session only)

This session illustrates how methodological developments within LCA affect industry and addresses the challenges that remain to be solved. It thus covers presentations related to (1) standards and guidelines on how to deal with specific methodological aspects in LCA, and (2) industry-adopted environmental standards and guidelines based on LCA results.