Call for short presentations for DF 71 – DF 73:
You work on a topic relevant to one of the Discussion Fora in 2019 and wish to present your findings?
"Open floor" sessions for short presentations will be available in each forum. Please contact the LCA Discussion Forum secretariat – the sooner the better.
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DF 73 — Digital transformation: LCA of digital services, multifunctional devices and cloud data centres.
Thursday, November 21, 2019, ZHAW Wädenswil (not ETH Zürich)
(The official language of this event is English.)
Increasing digitalisation not only makes our daily life easier but also causes changes in the environmental impact of our activities. The substitution of material-based services with digital services – for example films or music – alters the environmental impact of our everyday activities and shifts visible material use to less visible digital services.
A holistic LCA of the transformation from material to digital services requires the assessment of information and communication technology (ICT) and takes into account new business models as well as emerging technologies. Modelling of digital services and multifunctional devices are complex and the choice of assumptions has a crucial impact on the final assessment.
A discussion of all these topics in the LCA-community allows the evaluation of different approaches for the assessment of digital transformation.
This DF will therefore cover the LCA of transformation to a digital society with its wide range of devices and technologies as well as summation effects caused by new services enabled by modern ICT.