Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): from Theory to Practical Application

A Product-Centered Approach to Circular Economy Workshop—Database, Life-Cycle Tool and a Materials Circularity Indicator

Package from Granta Design includes:

  • 1/2 day of hands-on training
  • Course notes
  • 30 days access to Eco Design and Sustainability editions of CES EduPack

Venue: University College London (UCL), London, UK

Dates: September 19-22, November 7-10, 2016

Agenda: Granta Design Workshop

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Granta Design is working with UCL and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to contribute to a four-day workshop on "Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): from Theory to Practical Application." Granta Design will run a half day workshop during this course, providing you with hands-on training and demonstrations.

Overview of the four-day course

This short course will give you an introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and how to apply them in real-life situations.

In part 1 (two days) you'll develop a solid understanding of the process, data requirements and how to make use of the results. You'll then get the chance to apply this knowledge to real-life case studies.

In part 2 (two days) you'll learn how to apply systems thinking and LCA to assess environmental dimension of circular economy, including both technical and biological materials cycles. You'll then learn how to critically evaluate and compare circularity indicator tools with LCA.

There will be many opportunities to:

  • discuss and benchmark the particular challenges you face within your organisation 
  • receive guidance from UCL experts and industry experts

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Course Overview of the Granta Design Workshop (1/2 day)

In a linear economy, manufactured products for consumption are central to prosperity and growth. The global material and energy flows resulting from this paradigm have, however, resulted in an unsustainable situation, with urgent issues, such as global warming and depletion of resources. In order to understand the consequences of consumption and as a tool to minimize its environmental impact, life-cycle thinking has been introduced for manufactured products. This is needed to accurately and justly describe the total use of resources and their consequences.

Circular Economy aims to close loops of material flows in the society to reduce waste, among other things. These loops can be analysed in terms of mass flow, if you are interested in resource issues or logistics, but also in terms of, for example, energy use or carbon dioxide emissions for a wider scope.

The objective of this workshop is to explore a way to use the databases and the Eco Audit tool within the widely used CES EduPack educational software as a means to analyse these latter properties for manufactured products. Our approach is product-centered, rather than user-centered, and the product is specified through the Bill of Materials (BoM). User-related parameters, such as type of energy used, transport modes and distances etc are given as inputs. We will include a time-limited license for the software.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how a product developer can investigate circularity at the design stage, using the built-in database with eco-properties of materials and manufacturing processes
  • Find out how the eco properties of a product (energy use, carbon dioxide footprint) are estimated and visualized for the materials production, manufacture, use, and disposal phases, as well as for transport
  • Explore the Eco Audit tool for streamlined life-cycle inventories of products, including specifying the recycled fraction in the feedstock, and the degree of recycling at the End-of-Life within an Eco Audit
  • Investigate resource use and emissions from multiple lives of a product
  • Hear about future challenges to include reused materials or components in the Eco Audit, as well as the development of a Materials Circularity Indicator (MCI) by our industrial collaborators and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Take part in interactive demonstrations, try out CES EduPack in hands-on sessions – and receive a 30-day trial licence.
Time Topic
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Background and Introduction to the software: CES EduPack
Materials Information Systems in Academia and Industry
Linear Materials Economy: Take-Make-Use-Dispose
Circular Materials Economy: Closing Loops
The Product Centered Approach: BOM
Life-Cycle Engineering: Design and Eco Audit
The taxonomy of CES EduPack: Data, Visualization and Tools
14:15-15:00 Exploring the data and charts
Interactive Demo of the software
Hands-on exercises
15:00-15:30 Coffee & Refreshments
15:30-16:15 The Eco Audit Tool
Life Energy Use, CO2-footprint and cost estimates
Circularity: Feedstock and End-of Life
Hands-on exercises
16:15-16:30 A Materials Circularity Indicator
Collaboration with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation within Life+
16:30-17:00 Wrap Up, Discussion and Evaluation


About the hosts and location

UCL’s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering currently holds the largest EPSRC research portfolio in civil engineering and ranked as the number one university in which to study Civil Engineering in the 2013 and 2014 Guardian League Tables.

UCL's innovative undergraduate degree programmes have won praise from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

About the presenters

Dr Claes Fredriksson, Senior Materials Education Consultant, Granta Design
Dr Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the USA, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Program to enable him to teach in the USA and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches.
  Dr Fredriksson

Dr Pippa Newby, Education Development Manager, Granta Design
Dr Pippa Newby supports Educational institutions across the globe including the UK, Northern Europe Canada and Asia. She holds a PhD in Materials from Imperial College London and an MPhys in Physics from the University of Kent. Pippa has teaching experience through laboratory demonstrating, supporting first year material science students with their maths studies, tutoring at a range of levels and taken part in various outreach programs including space school, cool physics and forensic crime labs.

  Dr Newby
Dr Luca Petruccelli, Project Manager, Collaborative R&D, Granta Design
Luca received his PhD in Industrial Design from the Polytechnic of Turin in 2013 having previously completed a Masters in Environmental Engineering. Luca has over 6 years of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) experience both within consultancy environments as well within the development of web-based systems for LCA and Environmental Impact Assessment. He previously worked within the Eco-data team at Granta Design where he had a particular focus on the management of reference data to support Granta tools for product level reporting of environmental impacts, restricted substances legislation, critical and conflict minerals, price volatility and the circular economy.


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