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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

Preliminary Programme (as of January 26, 2016)

Download:    DF61_preliminary programme_v160126.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 t.b.c.: Llorenç Milà i Canals, Ottar Michelsen or Assumpçio Anton   
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 t.b.c.: Philippe Jeanneret, Gisela Lüscher, Felix Herzog  Agroscope 
10:45  Coffee break    
11:15  Biodiversity assessment of land use in the Natural Capital Protocol t.b.c.   
11:35  Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) of soil degradation: Development of a new impact assessment method in LCA t.b.c.: Franziska Stössel (ETHZ)  ETH Zurich 
11:55  Integration of soil carbon changes in LCA studies t.b.c.: Thomas Prade (Lund University)
or Michael Corson (INR) 
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  Submissions of short presentations are very welcome.

If you work on a topic relevant for Discussion Forum 61 and wish to present your findings please send title and abstract of your presentation to lcaforum (at) ethz.ch by February 15th 2016.

The Organizing Committee will select the presentations best suited for the programme.
  Case studies on land use / land use change impacts in agricultural / forestry systems [Chair: Matthias Meier]   
14:30  New impact assessment methods for biodiversity and soil degradation: case study on organic and conventional products t.b.c.: Niels Jungbluth (ESU services Ltd.)   
14:50  Natural Capital Valuation of a T-Shirt with focus on biodiversity impacts t.b.c.: Michela Gioaccini (Hugo Boss) or Gregory Simonnin (Quantis)   
15:10  Coffee break    
15:30  Soil quality in LCA, or Land use assessment of different forest management schemes t.b.c.: Mischa Zschokke (carbotech)   
15:50  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?
Moderator: t.b.n.   
16:10  Panel discussion with: t.b.c.: Eduardo Escobedo   
  t.b.c.: Michela Gioaccini   
  t.b.c.: Stefanie Hellweg   
  t.b.c.: Matthias Meier   
  t.b.c.: Llorenç Milà i Canals   
  t.b.c.: Samuel Vionnet   
  Wrap-up, announcements & farewell    
16:50  Wrap-up and announcements Rainer Zah  Quantis 
17:05  Farewell    
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