Learn about Life Cycle Assessment

LCA is an internationally recognised tool used to quantify environmental impacts of a product throughout its life cycle. By taking a systems perspective, LCA tools help businesses understand the flows of energy and matter involved in a product system, and can therefore be used to evaluate performance against a range of environmental indicators such as climate change, ozone depletion and marine toxicity. LCA studies have diverse applications. They can be used for strategic planning, process improvement, green procurement or to demonstrate product claims. Whatever the motivation is to conduct an LCA study, this practical course will help you understand the LCA principles, methodology, data requirements and communication. It will help you future proof your product range and demonstrate your commitment to sustainability by aligning your company and products with circular economy principles and low-carbon transition.
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Topics covered in this online course

  • Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment
  • Scoping and Inventory Development 
  • Waste and end of life treatment considerations for LCA Impact 
  • Assessment Interpreting & communicating results 
  • Integrating LCA with sustainability reporting
  • Performing an LCA: A benchmarking case study

Highlights

Here is a summary of what you can expect from this course.

  • Access to 7 Course Modules for 6 months

  • More than 3 hours of recording

  • Summary handouts provided

  • Test your learning with exercises and quizzes

  • Complete the course in approximately 4 hours

  • Receive a completion certificate

  • All for EUR 395 including applicable sales taxes

Royal Society of Chemistry Approved Training

This e-learning course is approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as an accredited course counting towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit hours.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to A Practical Guide to Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment

    • Welcome

    • Introduction to A Practical Guide to Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment

    • Before we begin ...

    • Introduction Handout

  • 2

    Module 1 - Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment

    • Introduction to Module 1

    • Module 1 - Part 1 Background

    • Module 1 - Part 2 Applications & Benefits

    • Module 1 - Part 3 Links to the Circular Economy and Regulatory Frameworks

    • Module 1 - Summary

    • Module 1 - Summary Handout

    • Module 1 - Test your Knowledge

  • 3

    Module 2 - Conducting an LCA: Scoping and Inventory Development

    • Introduction to Module 2

    • Module 2 - Part 1 Goal and Scope Definition

    • Module 2 - Part 2 Inventory Analysis

    • Module 2 - Exercise 1: LCI Data Management Tool

    • Module 2 - Exercise 1: Worksheet

    • Module 2 - Exercise 1 - How did you do?

    • Module 2 - Further Reading

    • Module 2 - Summary Handout

  • 4

    Module 3 - Waste and End of Life Treatment Considerations for LCA

    • Introduction to Module 3

    • Module 3 - Part 1 Introduction to End of Life (EoL)

    • Module 3 - Part 2 Supply Chain Interconnectivity and EoL Methods

    • Module 3 - Part 3 Evaluating EoL Allocation Methods

    • Module 3 - Summary Handout

    • Module 3 - Test your Knowledge

  • 5

    Module 4 - Conducting an LCA: Impact Assessment

    • Introduction to Module 4

    • Module 4 - Part 1 Mandatory LCIA Steps

    • Module 4 - Part 2 Optional LCIA Elements

    • Module 4 - Summary Handout

    • Module 4 - Test your Knowledge

  • 6

    Module 5 - Conducting an LCA: Interpreting and Communicating Results

    • Introduction to Module 5

    • Module 5 - Part 1 Basics of LCA Interpretation and Reporting

    • Module 5 - Part 2 Uncertainty & Results Presentation

    • Module 5 - Part 3 Dissemination of Results

    • Module 5 - Summary Handout

    • Module 5 - Test your Knowledge

  • 7

    Module 6 - Integrating LCA with sustainability reporting

    • Introduction to Module 6

    • Module 6 - Part 1 Sustainability Reporting

    • Module 6 - Part 2 LCA and Sustainability Reporting

    • Module 6 - Exercise 1

    • Module 6 - Exercise 1

    • Module 6 - Exercise 1 Answer Sheet

    • Module 6 - Exercise 2

    • Module 6 - Exercise 2

    • Module 6 - Exercise 2 Answer Sheet

    • Module 6 - Summary Handout

  • 8

    Module 7 - Performing an LCA: A benchmarking case study

    • Introduction to Module 7

    • Module 7 - Part 1 Project Set-up (goal & scope definition)

    • Module 7 - Part 2 Scenario Set-up: Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Development

    • Module 7 - Part 3 LCIA: Results & Comparison

    • Module 7 - Part 4 Interpretation: So which option is better?

    • Module 7 - Summary Handout

    • Module 7 - Test your Knowledge

  • 9

    Congratulations! Here's what's next

    • You're almost done!

    • Before you go

How will you benefit from this course

  • Knowledge

    Unlock valuable knowledge and practical tools to help you use LCA to support your sustainability disclosures

  • Cost-effective

    Access the course content immediately upon purchase and complete it at your own pace, in the comfort of your office or home

  • Stay ahead of the curve

    Identify the most suitable type of LCA based on your product goals or organisations and appreciate the key benefits and challenges of undertaking an LCA

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the four-stage methodology employed by LCA studies 
  • Identify the most suitable type of LCA based on your product goals or organisations needs 
  • Understand how to build a life cycle inventory 
  • Be aware of the data requirements and limitations 
  • Appreciate the key benefits and challenges of undertaking an LCA 
  • Gain knowledge of how to use LCA to support your sustainability disclosures


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Instructors

Sustainability Consultant

Damon Waterworth

Damon joined Yordas Group after completing his Masters in Energy and Environment at Lancaster University. Damon leads the development and delivery of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Management System and Auditing (MS&A) services.

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Dr Stella Stoycheva

Stella leads the Sustainability Division at Yordas Group and provides consulting in the areas of sustainability strategy, reporting and stakeholder engagement. She also plays a key role in the EU Funding Division of the company where she is actively involved in large scale EU funded research projects on risk assessments of key enabling technologies (e.g. nanomaterials). She holds a PhD and a MPhil degrees in Management Studies from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

Who should attend this course

This course will be most relevant to anyone who wants to understand or implement LCA in their business and improve the sustainability of their products.