DF 76 — The use of LCA as a development tool for emerging technologies / How to deal with forecasts in LCA?

Programme see below.

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DF 76: 76th LCA Discussion Forum — Programme

DF 76 — The use of LCA as a development tool for emerging technologies / How to deal with forecasts in LCA?

Discussion forum on Life Cycle Assessment
Thursday, 19 November 2020 – Online conference – Detailed access information will we communicated to all participants

(Change of location due to the pandemic.)

Emerging technologies may contribute to a reduction in human impact on the environment, but might also add to the existing environmental pressure. While LCA is a suitable tool for impact assessment of these technologies, the application of this data-intensive tool is challenging for the data-scarce early development stages. In addition, impacts of associated with these technologies are likely to change in the future, both in the foreground and background systems.

This discussion forum will focus on
1) Methods that can be used to compile LCIs of emerging technologies, for which no complete or conclusive LCIs are available;
2) application of methods in LCA case studies of new technologies and
3) Identifying perspectives on prospective LCAs.

Programme overview
The overarching objective of the LCA discussion forum is to identify which tools are currently available, what kind of methodological challenges are associated with them, and what further aspects can and need to be considered. The first half is divided into two sessions with presentations on how to compile LCIs of emerging technologies and what lessons have been learned from prospective studies. Two panel discussions will be held in the afternoon. The first session starts with short presentations on prospective models and software solutions, followed by a broad panel discussion. In the second session, challenges for application and decision making are elaborated. The day will be concluded with a summary of lessons learned and identified steps for advancing the field of research.

This DF will culminate in discussions between practitioners and researchers about prospective LCA methods and recommendations. It aims to accelerate the applicability of prospective LCA toward sustainable developments of emerging technologies.


Download:    DF76_final_programme_v201117.pdf  

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
9:00  Welcome and intro Raka Adrianto / Mara Hauck  ETHZ, CH / TNO, NL 
  Session 1: Methods to evaluate environmental impacts of new technologies [Chair: Mara Hauck]  TNO, NL 
09:10  Keynote: The need for a prospective perspective in LCA Rickard Arvidsson  Chalmers University, SE 
09:35  The coupling of optimization techniques and LCA Gonzalo Gosálbez  ETHZ, CH 
09:50  The handling of uncertainties in ex-ante LCA: an alternative to scenario analysis Carlos Blanco  Leiden University, NL 
10:05  Discussion Mara Hauck / Toon van Harmelen  TNO, NL 
10:25  Break-out/coffee    
  Session 2: LCA applications and case studies for emerging technologies [Chair: Janot Tokaya]  TNO, NL 
10:55  A systematic approach to assess emerging technologies Mitchell van der Hulst  Radboud University/TNO, NL 
11:10  Multi-valorization routes of reprocessing mine waste: a prospective LCA Lugas Raka Adrianto  ETHZ, CH 
11:25  Coffee    
11:40  Reconvene    
11:45  Superstructures: Making background scenarios practically viable Bernhard Steubing  CML, NL 
11:55  Assessing emerging technologies – a policy/EU perspective Serenella Sala  JRC, IT 
12:15  Discussion Janot Tokoya / Mara Hauck  TNO, NL 
12:30  Lunch break    
  Short presentations: open floor [Chair: Mitchell van der Hulst / Raka Adrianto]  TNO/RU, NL / ETHZ, CH 
13:30  A identification of relevant processes and upscaling approaches for biobased technologies
Nicolas Navarre [CML, NL]
Nicolas Navarre   CML, NL 
13:40  Ex-ante LCA of emerging carbon steel slag treatment technologies
Matti Buyle [VITO, BE]
Matti Buyle   VITO, BE 
13:50  Integration framework for the development of safe and sustainable nanomaterials
Beatrice Salieri [Empa, CH]
Beatrice Salieri   Empa, CH 
14:00  LCA of emerging techs from an uncertainty perspective
Massimo Pizzol [Aalborg University, DK]
Massimo Pizzol   Aalborg University, DK 
14:10  Soft-linking Life Cycle Assessment and Integrated Assessment Models for Prospective Modelling
Mohamad Kaddoura [Polytechnique Montréal, CA]
Mohamad Kaddoura   Polytechnique Montréal, CA 
14:20  What future for primary aluminium production in a decarbonizing economy?
Julien Pedneault [Polytechnique Montréal, CA]
Julien Pedneault   Polytechnique Montréal, CA 
14:30  Break-out/coffee    
  Panel session [Chair: Mara Hauck / Rickard Arvidsson]  TNO, NL / Chalmers University, SE 
15:00  Theme 1: Prospective models and software solution
Inclusion of future prediction from prospective models (e.e. IAMs, (G)CE) outside of the field of and what frameworks/ solutions can be developed to assist
1) Thomas Gibon (*)
2) Romain Sacchi (*)
3) Toon van Harmelen
4) Bruno Van Parijs
5) Roland Hischier (*)
6) Serenella Sala
7) Bernhard Steubing (*)
*short pitches/introduction 
Solvay, BE
Empa, CH
15:40  Coffee    
15:50  Theme 2: Challenges for applications and decision making
The link between prospective LCA and decision-making processes
(same panel as theme 1)   
16:30  Coffee    
  Conclusions and Outlook [Chair: Mitchell van der Hulst]  TNO/RU, NL 
16:40  Lessons from Int. Journal of Industrial Ecology Special Issue: “Bringing a life cycle perspective to emerging technology development” Joule Bergerson  Calgary University, CA 
16:50  Syntheses and conclusions of the day Mara Hauck  TNO, NL 
17:00  Closing and farewell Raka Adrianto  ETHZ, CH 
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