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DF 63: 63rd LCA Discussion Forum

DF 63 — How can LCA support the circular economy?

Discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment
Wednesday, 30 November, 2016, ETH Zürich, Alumni Pavilion

The concept of Circular Economy is gaining popularity in Europe and elsewhere. Both the recycling of waste and a (recycling friendly) eco-design are components of a Circular Economy. How can LCA support the creation of a Circular Economy? How can LCA be used to ensure a positive balance of efforts and benefits? How shall substituted materials and products be accounted for, who can claim the benefit, and how is resource quality taken into consideration? How can wastes and resources be managed to minimize their environmental impacts? How can products be designed in an eco-friendly manner to close material cycles?

The 3rd discussion forum this year will give the floor to representatives from industry, authorities, academics, and organisations to present new applications and approaches of LCA in combination with various other environmental assessment tools (e.g. MFA, LCA and/or mathematical optimization) to manage wastes and resources sustainably and to support decision-making towards a circular economy. A focus will be laid on factors relevant for the benefits of the circular economy, such as waste and resource quality aspects and their influence on the recycling system, as well as product quality. Finally, examples of LCA applications for eco-design, waste management and ystemic analyses across sectors will be shown.
We look forward to meeting you in Zürich

Melanie Haupt, ESD/ETH Zürich
Mischa Zschokke, Carbotech AG

Organizing Committee

Preliminary programme (as of 25 November 2016):

Download:    DF63_preliminary programme_v161125.pdf 

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
8:30  Registration, coffee & croissants    
9:00  Welcome and introduction Mischa Zschokke  Carbotech AG 
  Circular Economy: Policy and Politics [Moderator: Mischa Zschokke]   
9:05  Setting the scene – Circular Economy in Swiss legislation Anders Gautschi  BAFU 
9:25  Accelerating towards a Circular Economy Dale Walker  Ellen MacArthur Foundation 
9:50  Circular Economy in the context of other sustainability concepts: how can it work in the food industry? Urs Schenker  Nestlé 
10:10  Coffee break    
  Research – How can LCA support the Circular Economy? [Moderator: Melanie Haupt]  ETH Zürich 
10:40  Life-cycle costing of food waste prevention and importance of indirect effects Prof. Thomas Astrup  DTU 
11:10  Recycling and LCA: choices and results Cornelia Stettler  Carbotech AG 
11:40  Recycling contaminants: chemicals in the paper product cycle David Laner   TU Vienna 
12:10  Managing waste for an efficient and clean Circular Economy: indicators and tools Melanie Haupt  ETH Zürich 
12:40  Lunch    
  Panel discussion [Moderator: Melanie Haupt]   
13:40  Questions to discuss:
– How can LCA be incorporated in the circular economy framework?
– How much circularity does economy need?
– …
14:15  Coffee break    
  Applying circular economy in practice – short presentations [Moderator: Mischa Zschokke]   
14:30  Urban Mining for a Circular Economy Sonia Valdivia   World Resources Forum 
14:45  Challenges in LCA modelling of multiple loops for aluminium cans Monia Niero  DTU 
15:00  Recommendations about how to model substituted materials based on the LCA case study of the construction and demolition waste management in Lombardy Lucia Rigamonti   Politecnico di Milano 
15:15  Industrial Symbiosis René Itten  ZHAW 
15:30  Business models to support a Circular Economy Raphael Fasko   Rytec AG 
15:45  Combination of LCA and Circular Economy: an industrial case Mélanie Guiton  LIST 
  Wrap-up, announcements & farewell    
16:00  Wrap-up and announcements Melanie Haupt   
16:10  Farewell    
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