SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
15 December 2016
Volume 17 Issue 12

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22nd SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium in Montpellier - A Successful Conference Dedicated to Life Cycle Innovation for the Transition to a Sustainable Society

Ralph K. Rosenbaum, Irstea/ELSA-PACT

The 22nd SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium was held from 20 to 22 September in Montpellier, France. Its overarching theme was “Life Cycle Innovation for the Transition to a Sustainable Society” and attracted almost 200 participants from 30 countries across all continents. Of the delegates, roughly 25% came from the business sector, about 70% from academia and public research institutions, and the remaining 5% from government and NGOs. More than 125 oral presentations and 45 posters were presented in 16 diverse sessions related to the methodology and application of life cycle assessment.

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Photos of the conference can be found on Flickr.

The sessions covered subjects as diverse as emerging technologies, agriculture, buildings, water, transport, energy supply and storage, recycling, the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint, ecodesign, resource management, LCA of large-scale systems like cities or regions, life cycle management, policy evaluation, impact modelling, uncertainty and teaching LCA. The conference program also featured two high-profile keynote speakers, Roland Clift from the University of Surrey and David Pennington from the European Commission. 

In a very successful collaboration, the symposium was co-organized by SETAC Europe and the two industrial chairs on Life Cycle Assessment: the Industrial Chair for Environmental and Social Sustainability Assessment (ELSA-PACT), hosted by the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture – Irstea, and the International Life Cycle Chair of the CIRAIG, hosted by Polytechnique Montréal in Canada.

We are also pleased to announce that the 23rd SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium will be held in 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, and will focus on the subject of consequential life cycle assessment.

The SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee would like to remind the SETAC community that the call for the SETAC Europe Young Scientist LCA Award is now open. Sponsored by Lenzig AG and Springer-Verlag, the award recognizes exceptional achievements by a young scientist in the field of life cycle assessment. The award will be presented at the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 7–11 May in Brussels, Belgium. Submit your application before 31 January.

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