DF 59: Livestream / Video Recordings / Conference Report

Access to the livestreamlng was available at the day of the event (payment required).

Videos are available for free after DF 59 via this link: http://www.multimedia.ethz.ch/misc/lca/2015-59

The Conference Report is published in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment of April 2016.
The abstract is available for free via this link: Int J LCA - Frischknecht et.al.; Conference Report DF 59
he full report can also be bought there.

DF 59: 59th LCA Discussion Forum

DF 59 — National environmental footprints and planetary boundaries: From methodology to policy implementation

Discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment
Friday, June 12, 2015, ETH Zurich

Dear colleagues with an interest in Life Cycle Assessment,

We cordially invite you to the 59th Discussion Forum on Life Cycle Assessment
The official language of this event is English

The concept of environmental planetary boundaries published in the scientific literature receives a growing interest by governments. Even companies are starting to use this concept in their environmental policy. Life cycle assessment (LCA) seems to be a promising partner of the planetary boundary concepts quantifying consumption based environmental impacts. This LCA forum contributes to bringing together national environmental footprinting and environmental planetary boundary concepts (an introduction to the concept of planetary boundaries and their application can be found at
http://www.stockholmresilience.org/planetary-boundaries ).

(How) can LCA approaches be used to relate regional environmental impacts to planetary boundaries, to the environmental carrying capacity of our planet earth?
Nations and regions, such as the EU and Switzerland, started to quantify their consumption based environmental footprint by including environmental impacts caused abroad.
Different approaches are used to quantify these impacts:
1) environmentally extended input-output tables, sometimes multi-regional and connecting main global trade partners;
2) LCA data combined with national and trade statistics;
3) other statistical approaches.

The forum allows to learn about recent research findings about the environmental footprint of nations as well as about the environmental planetary boundaries, and to hear about first plans and experiences with policy implementation in administration and industry. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss in breakout groups about pros and cons of different approaches, about future needs of policy makers, and the appropriate level of aggregation.

We look forward to meeting you in Zürich

Rolf Frischknecht, treeze Ltd.

on behalf of the Organising Committee


Final Programme

Download:    DF59-Programme_Planetary_Boundaries.pdf 

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
8:30  Registration, coffee and croissants    
9:15  Welcome and introduction
Rolf Frischknecht  treeze Ltd. (Switzerland) 
  Planetary boundary concept Rolf Frischknecht [Moderator]   
9:20  General overview about the planetary boundary concept
Dieter Gerten  Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany) 
9:40  Environmental Limits and Swiss footprints based on Planetary Boundaries
Hy Dao,
Damien Friot 
UNEP Grid Geneva,
Shaping Environmental Action 
10:00  Deriving targets for global resource use for plane-tary boundaries – material, land use and water
Fritz Hinterberger  Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) 
10:20  Indicators and targets for the reduction of environmental impact of EU consumption
DF59-04_Goralczyk - not yet available
Malgorzata Goralczyk  DG JRC 
10:40  Discussion    
10:50  Coffee break    
  Implementation in public, corporate and product policy Rolf Frischknecht [Moderator]   
11;20  Policy interest in relating footprint indicators to planetary boundaries
Andreas Hauser  Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU (Switzerland) 
11:40  Implementation of planetary boundaries on company level
Christoph Butz,
Jürg Liechti 
Pictet Asset Management (Switzerland),
Neosys AG (Switzerland) 
12:00  Planetary Boundary Allowance PBA'05: A tentative implementation of Rockström's planetary boundaries as Life Cycle Impact Assessment method
Gabor Doka  Doka LCA, Zürich (Switzerland) 
12:20  Discussion    
12:30  Lunch break    
  National environmental footprints Laura Tschümperlin [Moderator]  treeze Ltd. (Switzerland) 
13:30  Ecological Footprint accounting tools to drive informed policy decisions
Michel Gressot  Global Footprint Network 
13:50  Global environmental impacts of production and consumption in Switzerland from 1996 to 2011
Rolf Frischknecht,
Carsten Nathani 
treeze Ltd. (Switzerland),
Rütter Soceco AG (Switzerland) 
14:10  Multi-regional Environmentally Extended Input Output database
Arnold Tukker  CML Leiden University (The Netherlands) 
14:30  Discussion    
  Workshop – three breakout groups Laura Tschümperlin [Moderator]   
14:50  Introduction to the three workshop breakout groups    
15:00  Coffee break    
15:30  Tentative topics:
– environmental priority areas
– future needs in administration and industry
– appropriate aggregation level

Andreas Hauser
Rolf Frischknecht
Arnold Tukker 

Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU (Switzerland)
treeze Ltd. (Switzerland)
CML Leiden University (The Netherlands) 
16:15  Presentation of workshop results Breakout groups   
16:40  Wrap-up and announcements
Rolf Frischknecht  treeze Ltd. (Switzerland) 
16:45  Farewell    
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