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DF 65: 65th LCA Discussion Forum

DF 65 — How suitable is LCA for Nanotechnology assessment?

Discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment
Wednesday, 24 May 2017, ETH Zürich, Alumni Pavilion

Ten years ago, participants to an international workshop in Washington D.C. on “Nanotechnology and Life Cycle Assessment” concluded that, a priori, the LCA ISO framework is fully suitable for the assessment of nanomaterials and nano-products, despite notable shortcomings in the availability of inventory data and missing evaluation instruments for impact assessment. Since then, various actors have worked extensively on these aspects with the goal of ensuring that traditional and nano-specific environmental issues can be assessed within a unified, comprehensive and consistent framework.

This discussion forum will provide an overview of the key challenges that face practitioners and data providers when undertaking LCA of nanotechnology and will present possible solutions. The opening session will outline the need for environmental assessment of nanotechnologies in light of growing interest in nanomaterials for consumer and industrial applications and prevailing concern for the potential environmental impacts of nanoparticle emissions. The possible role of LCA in guiding environmentally-responsible innovation for emerging nanotechnologies will then be discussed. The second session will focus on prospective modelling of nanotechnologies and will consider how uncertainty should be dealt with in LCA of emerging technologies. A key question to be addressed is whether or not labscale data can or should be used as a basis to assess the potential impacts of intended future plant-scale production and, if so, what methods could be applied. Case studies will be presented to provide insights into how these issues have been dealt with in reality. The third session will outline why and how existing LCIA models must be modified (in terms of fate, exposure, and toxicity modelling) to enable more representative evaluation of the potential impacts of nanoparticle/nanomaterial emissions. In the fourth and final session, the potential added values of combining LCA with risk assessment (RA) approaches will be discussed, highlighting the potential for enhancing our knowledge of how nanotechnologies affect the environment, human health, and society.

This forum aims to provide a fertile ground for discussion between LCA researchers, practitioners and other people interested in the sustainable development of nanotechnologies.


Preliminary programme (as of 05 April 2017):

Download:    DF65_prel_prog_v170405.pdf 

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
8:30  Registration, coffee & croissants    
  Perspectives on environmental assessment of nanotechnology [Moderator: A. Haarman]   
9:00  Welcome and introduction:
State-of-art and challenges when applying LCA to nanotechnology
Roland Hischier  Empa, St. Gallen 
9:25  Regulatory perspective for nanotechnology n.n.  Federal Office for Public Health 
9:50  Industrial perspective on nanotechnology development n.n.   
10:15  Discussion    
10:30  Coffee break    
  Prospective modelling for nanotechnology [Moderator: D. Beloin-Saint-Pierre]   
11:00  Prospective modelling concepts n.n.   
11:25  Prospective modelling and effect from uncertainties n.n.  MINES ParisTech, Nice (F) 
11:50  Discussion    
  Short presentations [Moderator: Roland Hischier]   
12:10  For a presentation please contact us via
roland.hischier (at) empa.ch
12:50  Lunch    
  Impact assessment methods for nanotechnology [Moderator: B. Salieri]   
13:45  Toxic effects from nanoparticles: limits and gaps in the assessment n.n.   
14:10  Modelling of releases of nanoparticles into the environment n.n.   
14:35  Integrating fate and toxicity of engineered nanoparticles into LCIA Olivier Jolliet  Michigan State University 
14:50  Discussion    
15:15  Coffee break    
  Combining LCA and risk assessment (RA) for nanotechnology [Moderator: D. Turner]   
15:45  Merging and confronting concepts n.n.   
16:10  Merging and confronting concepts (2) n.n.   
16:35  Discussion    
  Wrap-up and announcements    
17:00  Wrap-up and announcements Roland Hischier  Empa, St. Gallen 
17:15  Farewell    
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