The Power of LCA – LCANZ 2021 Summit

Thursday 25, February 2021

LCANZ was delighted to host our 2021 Summit The Power of LCA at GridAKL in the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, on Thursday 25th February 2021.

The Power of LCA Summit included speakers from the LCA community as well as industry insights from our members. The theme for the day reflects the power of LCA to support the needs of today’s business and society, and the importance of understanding and mitigating our impacts in order to build back better.

Presentations from the event are available in our Case Studies section.

Venue and Agenda

The Summit will run in the event space on the ground floor of the John Lysaght Building, GridAKL 101 Pakenham Street, Auckland from 1 to 6pm.

See the GridAKL’s advice for getting there and please do use public transport if possible. For those that do need to drive, the Wynyard carpark on the corner of Halsey and Pakenham St West is best placed for the venue.

13:00: Registration & Networking
13.30: Welcome & Keynote
14:00: LCA Fundamentals and panel discussion
15:00 Afternoon Tea & Networking
15:30: LCA Case Studies and panel discussion
17:00: Drinks and networking

Download a copy of the LCANZ 2021 Summit – Agenda.


Non-members are invited to join LCANZ to take advantage of our special member rate. For more details and to join, visit our website:…


The LCANZ Committee is pleased to share details of our confirmed speakers.We will be releasing further speaker details soon and LCANZ would like to invite our members to present relevant case studies. Please register your interest at

Keynote speaker

Katie Symons will update us on the methodology MBIE are developing for their embodied carbon assessment ahead of the upcoming public consultation. Katie is Principal Advisor Engineering to MBIE’s Building System Performance Branch and is leading the Building for Climate Change programme’s whole-of-life embodied carbon framework.

LCA Fundamentals

  • Professor Sarah McLaren from Massey University will give an overview of the Life Cycle Management Centre at Massey University and also an update of life cycle research and academic work in NZ
  • Martin Fryer will discuss the EPD Australasia program and the high level use of EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations)
  • Kelly McClean and Adam Schofield from the LCANZ Best Practice Working Group will provide an update on the group’s activities and plans

Case Studies

  • Ferran de Miguel Mercader will outline Fletcher Building’s approach to product certification and how LCA and EPDs fit in that strategy
  • Jeff Vickers, thinkstep-anz, and Ronald Liew, NZ Post, will discuss their recent experience of developing a comparative LCA
  • Áine O’Neill will explain New Zealand King Salmon’s reasons for using LCA, outcomes, and next steps
  • Louise Bullen, Massey University, will present the findings of her recent thesis on the Life Cycle of NZ Electricity, including projections to 2050 and in the context of planetary boundaries
  • Kat McDonald will provide an update on Lion’s carbon zero journey and the challenge of product footprints at scale


We are very grateful to our fabulous sponsors for making the Summit possible:

  • EPD Australasia have sponsored our fantastic venue
  • Lion and Foodstuffs NZ are sponsoring our networking drinks, with carbon neutral drinks and delicious locally-made nibbles.

Social Media

We’d love to see your photos and posts from the day. Please use the hashtag #ThePowerOfLCA and tag LCANZ to share your impressions.

COVID Contingency

Following the announcement that Auckland will join the rest of the country in Level 1 from midnight tonight (Monday 22 Feb), we are delighted to confirm that the LCANZ Summit will take place as planned, this Thursday 25 February.

Please be assured that we have your health and safety top of our mind and we will of course update you should anything change in the meantime.

For any questions, please email

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