LCI – Updating the Social LCA Guidelines

    Over the past decade and since the Life Cycle Initiative’s publication “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Products” (2009), the interest in social impact assessment of products and companies has dramatically increased. While the Guidelines and the related methodological sheets have played a decisive role initiating the practice of Social Life Cycle Assessment, the landscape has greatly evolved in the meantime.

    How Life Cycle Thinking is Boosting a Brazilian Cosmetics Firm

    Brazil’s NATURA cosmetics firm has had sustainability at the centre of its business strategy for 40 years but recently the company has moved forward with applying Life Cycle thinking across its value chain.

    FSLCI Life Cycle Summer School successfully organized in Leipzig

    In August this year, ahead of the FSLCI conference the FSLCI organized the 7th International Summer School on Life Cycle approaches for Sustainable Regional Development. The summer school was organized jointly with the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research.

    FSLCI successfully organizes 1st Life Cycle Innovation Conference

    In August this year the FSLCI organized its first ever Life Cycle Innovation Conference (LCIC 2018) helf under the theme “Collaborate, Innovate, Co-create”, the conference brought together more than 150 participants from around the world with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.

    FSLCI & Inno4SD publish report on Sustainable Innovation

    Also at the Life Cycle Innovation Conference in Berlin recently FSLCI and Inno4SD launched a new report on “Defining Sustainable Innovation from a Life Cycle Perspective.” The objective was to understand the link between innovation processes and sustainability from a life cycle perspective, from both, a conceptual as well as a practical perspective. It includes a summary of discussion on barriers, drivers and stakeholders of sustainable innovation within different innovation processes such as technological/product innovation, process/management innovation and business model innovation.

    FSLCI & RICV launch report on Marine Litter and LCA

    The FSLCI and RICV have launched a new report titled “Connecting Expert Communities to Address Marine Litter in Life Cycle Assessment”. The report was launched at the recent Life Cycle Innovation Conference in Berlin.

    Call for Contributions

    The ACLCA is launching a new in-house publication and they are seeking contributions including reports, reviews, research & practice highlights, policy highlights, and opinions.

    For submission guidelines or other questions, please email

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    ACLCA Announces 2018 LCA Award Winners

    The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) honored individuals and companies advancing the application of life cycle assessment and innovation in environmental sustainability at LCA XVIII during the Annual Awards Dinner in Fort Collins, Colorado on September, 26th.

    This year’s winners are Richard Helling, Dow Chemical Company; Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Russell Balzer, World Auto Steel; Ben Amor, University Sherbrooke; Shaobin Li, University of Nebraska; and Kohler.

    Job Vacancy: LCA Specialist – EcoChain, Amsterdam

    EcoChain is looking for an LCA consultant or researcher (2+ years experience) ready for the next step in your career. You will work with a team of LCA specialists for a wide range of clients. The clients are active in sectors like automotive, aerospace, electronics, building, packaging, construction, food and beverage and chemicals. Together with these clients and the most advanced online sustainability solution you will discover new, great insights which will improve the environmental footprint of our clients.

    An LCA of the Pelamis wave energy converter

    To date, very few studies have attempted to quantify the environmental impacts of a wave energy converter, and almost all of these focus solely on the potential climate change impacts and embodied energy. This paper presents a full life cycle assessment (LCA) of the first-generation Pelamis wave energy converter, aiming to contribute to the body of published studies and examine any potential trade-offs or co-benefits across a broad range of environmental impacts.