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DF 61: 61st LCA Discussion Forum

DF 61 — How to assess impacts of land use on biodiversity and soil quality in LCA?

Discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, ETH Zürich, Alumni Pavilion

Dear colleagues with an interest in Life Cycle Assessment,

We cordially invite you to the 61st Discussion Forum on Life Cycle Assessment
The official language of this event is English

Assessments of land use related impacts on ecosystem resources covering biodiversity and soil production potential are still a difficult issue in life cycle assessment (LCA). Major challenges are that biodiversity and soil degradation need to be assessed within a specific bio-geographic context and that land use intensities need to be considered. While the real dynamics and complexity of ecosystem processes above and below ground require complex and data demanding models, LCA practitioners call for simple and easy to use assessment routines that are, however, prone to oversimplification. Impacts of land use on biodiversity and soil quality are a key issue for the food, feed, apparel, paper and bioenergy industries that are all based on agricultural and forestry-based products. On one hand, upcoming approaches like Natural Capital Valuation provide simplified assessments of biodiversity and soil quality impacts of land use changes. On the other hand, recent research activities have come up with more complex approaches that are not broadly applicable yet. Finally, the UNEP SETAC Life Cycle Initiative supports scientific harmonization activities in the assessment of biodiversity impacts of land use with the aim to provide a best practice environmental impact indicator applicable in life cycle assessment case studies and databases.

Finding balanced solutions that adequately represent ecosystem complexity and that are still relatively easily applicable will be key to improve informed decision making on the sustainability of agricultural and forestry-based products. The goal of this discussion forum is to present and discuss the state-of-the-art of methods for assessing land-use related impacts on ecosystems, the possibilities and limits of those approaches and the needs of the industry to integrate such methods.

We look forward to meeting you in Zürich

Rainer Zah, Quantis International AG
Matthias Meier, FiBL

Organizing Committee

Final Programme

Download:    DF61-Programme_Impacts_of_Land_Use.pdf 

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
8:45  Registration, coffee and croissants    
9:15  Welcome and introduction into the topic Matthias Meier  FiBL 
  Assessments of land use and land use change related impacts in LCA [Chair: Rainer Zah]  Quantis 
9:25  UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative on the assessment of biodiversity impacts of land use in LCA
Michael Curran  WSL 
9:55  Land use impacts on biodiversity loss in LCA: A bottom-up approach including agricultural intensities and landscape structural diversity
Matthias Meier  FiBL 
10:25  Validation of LCA biodiversity impact assessment in agriculture across Europe – The example of SALCA biodiversity
Philippe Jeanneret  Agroscope 
10:45  Coffee break    
11:15  Biodiversity assessment of land use in the Natural Capital Protocol
Samuel Vionnet  valuing nature 
11:35  Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) of soil degradation: Development of a new impact assessment method in LCA
Franziska Stössel  ETH Zurich 
11:55  Modelling soil organic carbon changes – Implications for LCA studies
Thomas Prade  Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 
Land use impact assessment methods – complementarity and differences?
[Moderation: Rainer Zah]  Quantis 
12:15  Discussion All referees   
12:45  Lunch break    
  Short presentations [Chair: Matthias Meier]  FiBL 
14:00  First proposals for considering habitat fragmentation in Life Cycle Impact Assessment
Pyrène Larrey-Lassalle  Irstea 
14:10  Hemeroby as an impact category indicator for the integration of land use and biodiversity into the Life Cycle (Impact) Assessment
Mirjam Busch &
Horst Fehrenbach 
14:20  Land use biodiversity assessment in LCA – the case of the Finnish forests
Anne Holma   Finnish Environment Institute 
14:30  Modelling biodiversity in fuzzy terms
Jan Paul Lindner   Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics 
14:40  Assessing biodiversity impacts and benefits of sheep wool
Eduardo Escobedo   RESP 
  Case studies on land use / land use change impacts in agricultural / forestry systems [Chair: Matthias Meier]   
14:50  Impact assessment methods for biodiversity and soil degradation: Challenges towards broad applicability in LCA
Niels Jungbluth  ESU services Ltd. 
15:10  Natural Capital Valuation of a T-Shirt with focus on biodiversity impacts
Heinz Zeller (Hugo Boss) &
Gregory Simonnin (Quantis) 
Hugo Boss &
15:30  Coffee break    
15:50  How to quantify soil quality impacts in LCA
Mischa Zschokke   carbotech 
16:10  Capturing the biodiversity benefits of responsible forestry practices in LCA
Vincent Rossi  Quantis 
  Panel discussion:
How to bridge the gap between scientific challenges and implementation in practice?
Moderation: Gregory Simonnin  Quantis 
16:30  Panellists: Michael Curran  WSL 
  Eduardo Escobedo  RESP 
  Matthias Meier  FiBL 
  Samuel Vionnet  valuing nature 
  Heinz Zeller  Hugo Boss 
  Wrap-up, announcements & farewell    
17:10  Wrap-up and announcements Rainer Zah  Quantis 
17:15  Farewell    
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