DF 54: Link to Livestream

Live streaming: access to the live streaming and chat was available at the day of the event, access to the chat archive is possible further on here

The recordings of all presentations are published on the following platform:
All talks and discussions can be accessed individually. 

The accompanying slides for each presentation can be downloaded from the programme at the bottom of this page.

DF54: Link to the Publication

The publication «Swiss Eco-Factors 2013 according to the Ecological Scarcity Method» can be downloaded following these links:

English version: Swiss Eco-factors 2013 according to the Ecological Scarcity Method

German version: Ökofaktoren Schweiz 2013 gemäss der Methode der ökologischen Knappheit

DF 54: 54th LCA Discussion Forum

Ecological Scarcity 2013 – New features and its application in industry and administration

Discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment
Thursday, December 5, 2013, UVEK Aula, Ittigen-Berne

Dear colleagues with an interest in Life Cycle Assessment,

We kindly invite you to the 54th discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment.
The official language during this event is English.

Distance to target methods are one of the main families of life cycle impact assessment methods. They are based on politically and legally defined environmental goals. The ecological scarcity approach, first intro-duced in 1990, has evolved to an important pillar of environmental policy in administration and industry. Today, the 4th generation ecological scarcity method, applied on Switzerland is being launched.

In a first session, the application of ecological scarcity approach and its benefits for administration and in-dustry are highlighted.

In a second session the main elements of the 4th generation ecological scarcity method 2013 are presented. New elements of the method comprise among others abiotic resources, land use world-wide, noise, and a new approach to assess nuclear waste. Abiotic resources are assessed using consistently updated scarcity figures. Land use impact factors are now available for land occupation in 14 biomes world-wide addressing biodiversity impacts on flora and fauna. Noise impacts of road, rail and air traffic are assessed using a harmonised European approach. Nuclear wastes are characterised according to their radio toxicity.

The results of practical applications (e.g., LCA of paper, packaging, cars and company LCAs) using the new ecofactors will be presented in a third session. Finally we look across the border and get insights into Euro-pean and Asian approaches based on ecological scacity or target oriented impact assessment methods.

This discussion forum will address the following questions:
– What are the key motivations for administration and industry to use single score impact assessment approaches such as the ecological scarcity method?
– What are the key elements of the 4th generation ecological scarcity method 2013?
– How does the update affect the impact scores (in eco-points) of commonly used goods and services?
– What are the first lessons learned with the updated 4th generation ecological scarcity method 2013?
– How division of powers helps for developing life cycle impact assessment methods?

DF 54 will be available live and online through our live streaming solution.

We look forward to meeting you in Ittigen-Berne!

The organizers of Swiss LCA Discussion Forum DF54
Rolf Frischknecht


Download:    DF54-Programme Ecological Scarcity 2013.pdf 

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
8:30  Registration, Coffee and Croissants    
9:15  Welcome and introduction Anders Gautschi
Gabi Hildesheimer 
öbu (Switzerland) 
  The users' perspective: ecological scarcity in administration and industry Chair: Peter Gerber    
9:30  History and basic concept of the ecological scarcity method
DF54-01 Braunschweig - ESM Basics.pdf
Arthur Braunschweig  E2 MC (Switzerland) 
9:50  Green Economy: The role of LCA and ecological scarcity method in Swiss Policy making
DF54-02 Gautschi.pdf
Anders Gautschi  FOEN (Switzerland) 
10:10  Using the ecological scarcity method in resource and environmental management of the Swiss administration, RUMBA
DF54-03 Peter.pdf
Daniel Peter  Peter Consulting (Switzerland) 
10:30  Coffee break    
  The 4th generation ecological scarcity method 2013 Chair: Peter Gerber    
11:00  Overview and main elements of the update and its implications
DF54-04 Frischknecht.pdf
Rolf Frischknecht   treeze Ltd. (Switzerland) 
11:30  New approaches: global land use, abiotic resources and noise
DF54-05 Buesser.pdf
Sybille Büsser  treeze Ltd. (Switzerland) 
11:45  Evaluation of the environmental impacts of bioaccumulating chemicals
DF54-06 Ng.pdf
Carla Aparecida Ng  ETH Zurich (Switzerland) 
12:00  Discussion    
12:30  Lunch break    
  Application of ecological scarcity 2013 in industry Chair: Rolf Frischknecht    
13:35  LCA of recycling paper
DF54-07 Franov.pdf
Emil Franov  Carbotech AG (Switzerland) 
13:55  Using ecological scarcity in industry: packaging decisions at Migros
DF54-08 Krayer.pdf
Hanna Krayer  Migros Genossenschafts-Bund (Switzerland) 
14:15  LCA of beverage packaging
DF54-09 Dinkel - Beverage Packaging - NOT YET AVAILABLE.pdf
Fredy Dinkel  Carbotech AG (Switzerland) 
14:40  Using ecological scarcity in companies: the McDonald's case
DF54-10 Braunschweig - Company Experience.pdf
Arthur Braunschweig  E2 MC (Switzerland) 
15:00  Using ecological scarcity in industry: glasses manufacturer Knecht & Müller
DF54-11 Dinkel - Optical lenses.pdf
Fredy Dinkel  Carbotech AG (Switzerland) 
15:20  Coffee break    
  Application of ecological scarcity 2013 in industry ff. and plenary discussion Chair: Rolf Frischknecht    
15:40  Environmental impacts of buildings assessed with the ecological scarcity method
DF54-12 John.pdf
Viola John  Sustainable Construction, ETHZ (Switzerland) 
16:00  How to quantify regional weighting factors? Methodology and case studies from Vienna
DF54-13 Kral.pdf
Ulrich Kral  TU Wien (Austria) 
16:15  How to apply the regional characterization factors for water scarcity of the Swiss Ecological Scarcity method? A case study from Power stations of GDF-Suez
DF54-14 Humbert.pdf
Sébastien Humbert  Quantis International Ltd. (France, Switzerland) 
  Plenary Discussion Chair: Rolf Frischknecht    
16:30  Input statement:
Separation of Powers - a basic principle in developing life cycle impact assessment methods

DF54-15 Ahbe.pdf
Stephan Ahbe  SYRCON Wirtschaftsingenieure (Germany) 
  Plenary Discussion    
16:50  Wrap-up and farewell
DF54-16 Announcements - LCA-Forum 2014.pdf
DF54-17 Invitation - Short Presentations DF55 Abiotic Resources.pdf
Peter Gerber  FOEN (Switzerland) 
17:00  End    
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