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DF 56: 56th LCA Discussion Forum

Are Environmental Declarations of Products and Organisations the way to harmonise LCAs?

Discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, ETH Zurich


Dear colleagues with an interest in Life Cycle Assessment,

We cordially invite you to the 56th Discussion Forum on Life Cycle Assessment
The official language of this event is English

In the last years, several initiatives were taken in order to harmonise the LCA-based methods for products and organisations. A recent example is the EU environmental footprint initiative “Single Market for Green Products” which aims at enabling a comparison of environmental performances between similar products and companies. In this context methodological guidelines are developed such as PEF, PEFCR, OEF, OEFCR and ENVIFOOD protocol. Which other initiatives aiming at harmonisation of LCA-based methods are currently under development? Are the expectations of the stakeholders met? Is harmonisation of LCA-based methods on track? The discussion forum will give the floor to European and Swiss legislators, LCA researchers, LCA practitioners and industries participating in the 3-year pilot phase of the EU-initiative, to discuss the challenges associated with the harmonisation of measuring and communicating life cycle environmental performance of products and organisations.

We look forward to meeting you in Zurich!


Geneviève Doublet, Niels Jungbluth (ESU-services Ltd.), Frank Hayer (BAFU), Patrik Mouron, Gérard Gaillard (Agroscope)
Organization committee, 56th LCA Discussion Forum

Preliminary Programme

Download:    DF56_preliminary programme_v140528.pdf 
 

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
8:30  Registration, Coffee and Croissants    
9:00  Welcome and introduction N.N.   
  Session 1: Presentation of harmonisation initiatives Chair: N.N.   
9:15  Global standard: ISO Standard 14040ff and 14067. Can ISO support full harmonisation? Kurt Buxmann   Head of Swiss Delegation ISO 14040, Alcan (Switzerland) 
9:35  Governmental initiative: Which harmonisation is achieved with the PEF and OEF guides? Michele Galatola   DG Environnment EU (EU) 
9:55  Sector initiative: Implementing EN 15804 in a harmonized way with the ECO platform. International activities in ISO TC 207/59 Eva Schmincke  PE International (Germany) 
10:35  Discussion    
10:45  Coffee break    
  Session 2: Experiences with the application of these initiatives Chair: N.N.   
11:15  Global initiative: GHG Product Life Cycle Accounting and reporting Standard. An example on a product carbon footprint Carina Alles  DuPont (Switzerland) 
11:35  EU initiative: The example of A.I.S.E.’s PEFCR pilot project on household liquid laundry detergents Sascha Nissen   International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (Belgium) 
11:55  Sector initiative: SENSE TOOL: Application of the ENVIFOOD protocol to SMEs: what is feasible and realistic? Geneviève Doublet   ESU-services (Switzerland) 
12:15  Discussion    
12:25  Lunch break    
  Session 3: Expectations, observations and objections of stakeholders Chair: N.N.   
13:25  Politic: Role and position and the Swiss Federal Office for the environment: Revision EPA, Green economy and Environmental Product Information Frank Hayer  FOEN (Switzerland) 
13:45  Scientific: What are the observation and expectations of the research? Focus on database Patrik Mouron  Agroscope (Switzerland) 
14:05  Scientific: Are the PEF and OEF guides in conflict with ISO standards? Matthias Finkbeiner   TU Berlin (Germany) 
14:25  Practictioner: Dealing with different standards in practical work: examples on biofuels Niels Jungbluth   ESU-services (Switzerland) 
14:45  Discussion    
14:55  Coffee break    
  Session 4: Plenary discussion: Controversy about the harmonisation process    
15:25  Round table :
--- Is the harmonisation of LCA-based methods on track?
--- How to deal with the explosion in the number of standards (PAS, ISO, etc.), EPD/PCR rules and guidelines (PEFCR, etc.) that can be followed?
--- ISO 14040 and more specific standards, initiatives, rules. A conflict or a harmony?
Thomas Göttin  FOEN (Switzerland) 
16:25  Wrap-up and frewell    
16:45  End    
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