SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
11 August 2016
Volume 17 Issue 8

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A Preview of the 22nd SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium in Montpellier

Ralph K. Rosenbaum, Irstea/ELSA-PACT

The 22nd SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium is now only a month away. This edition of the classic LCA conference will be held from 20–22 September in the graceful Mediterranean city of Montpellier in Southern France. The conference has an overarching theme of “Life Cycle Innovation for the Transition to a Sustainable Society,” which attracted over 170 abstracts from more than 20 countries. This year’s symposium will have more than 130 oral presentations and 40 posters presented during 17 diverse sessions, including:

  • Closing the loop: a sustainable use of resources
  • Energy: conversion, supply and storage systems
  • Environmental Footprint of Products and Organizations: first insights from PEF and OEF applications
  • Implementation of the land use framework into LCA practice
  • Innovation through design of more sustainable systems: Eco innovations arising from LCA
  • LCA and LCM in industrial sectors, including public disclosure and reporting of sustainability metrics
  • LCA and uncertainties: how to deal with uncertainties in LCA studies and their interpretation?
  • LCA for agriculture: food, bio-material, bio-energy, including aspects of water use, land use, handling of pesticides, carbon accounting, end-of-life modelling
  • LCA of large-scale systems - from urban to national scale including territorial LCA, urban metabolism and their nexus with circular economy
  • LCA of urban water systems from resources to users: water withdrawal, water treatment & distribution, water use, wastewater sanitation and reuse
  • LCIA modelling of resources and emissions - new developments and applications
  • Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Emerging Technologies
  • Passenger and freight transport: On the road to a more sustainable mobility system?
  • Teaching LCA in high level education systems (universities and continuous education)
  • Special session: LCA for policy evaluation and policy-making
  • Special session: UNEP–SETAC Flagship project on global LCIA harmonisation and recommendation: case studies and application results from the Pellston Workshop in January 2016
  • Special session: Application of Social LCA in industry – from methodology to practice

The conference program is complemented by two high-profile keynote speakers, Roland Clift, professor emeritus from the University of Surrey, UK, and David Pennington, principle scientist from the European Commission. Conference events include two evenings of social gatherings and a water-footprint workshop on ISO 14046 and the new AWARE method recommended by UNEP–SETAC and the PEF/ILCD guidelines.

Montpellier is a charming metropole in southern France, only a tram ride away from the Mediterranean Sea and with a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and rocky gorges. It is located at the southern tip of the Camargue coastal wetlands known for its flamingos, horses, lakes and paddy fields, in the heart of Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée (formerly Languedoc-Roussillon). This area is also the biggest wine-producing region in the world with a long vinicultural tradition started by the Greeks more than 2,500 years ago. Montpellier is a historic, effervescent city with attractions that rank among the most prestigious world heritage sites with a medieval centre of winding, narrow streets. The city is conveniently reachable via its airport just outside the city, a high-speed train station and the A9/E15 highway.

Late poster abstract submission and pre-registration remain open until 31 August to make sure that we can provide opportunities for interested professionals. On behalf of the organizers, we are looking forward to warmly welcoming you in Montpellier!

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