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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

(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


Preliminary Programme (as of May 15, 2015)

Download:    DF59_preliminary programme_v150515.pdf 

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
8:30  Registration, coffee and croissants    
9:15  Welcome and introduction    
  Planetary boundary concept    
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 Malgorzata Goralczyk  DG JRC 
10:40  Discussion    
10:50  Coffee break    
  Implementation in public, corporate and product policy    
11;20  Policy interest in relating footprint indicators to planetary boundaries Andreas Hauser  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    
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    
  Short presentations    
14:40  Short presentations, please submit your proposal to frischknecht@treeze.ch max. 3 short presentations   
15:10  Coffee break    
  Workshop – 3 breakout groups    
15:40  Tentative topics:
– environmental priority areas
– future needs in administration
– appropriate aggregation level
16:10  Presentation of workshop results    
16:40  Wrap-up and announcements Rolf Frischknecht  treeze Ltd. (Switzerland) 
16:45  Farewell    
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