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A significant number of contributions were submitted for this 5th edition, many thanks to all the authors!
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Life Cycle Thinking for leading managers!

Moderated by: Jodie BRICOUT, Life Cycle Strategies

Life Cycle Management is operational thanks to the work of managers, engineers, communication responsible, consultants, etc. The team like the individual is a key aspect to support the transition in a company.
The aim of this session is to bring together iconic leaders, to share their experiences and challenges in advancing their business, enhance a change of perspective to their collaborators and thus strengthen the links between stakeholders to achieve a virtuous and successful business model.

Life Cycle Thinking, an opportunity to address environmental and climate challenges

Moderated by: Jodie BRICOUT, Life Cycle Strategies 

Environmental and climate policies have been developed at different levels: e.g. "COP 21 Paris agreement" (Global), "Circular economy package"/ "Environmental Footprint" (European) and "French Energy Transition"/ "Grenelle environment" (National French).
In this session, we bring together representatives from national governments and intergovernmental organizations to establish an international dialogue on Life Cycle based policies. We aim to evaluate effectiveness and efficiency of different policy drivers!
Confirmed speakers from UNEP, European Commission and French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea.

LCA, essential approach to implement circular economy

Moderated by: Deborah ANDREW, London South Bank University, UK and Christian TRAISNEL, cd2e
Keywords: Circular Economy; Real world experience

The session fits the following themes: LCM and its relevance for new economic models (e.g. circular economy, performance economy, etc.) and Eco-innovation for complex products, services or systems. It will consider and compare hypothetical / academic and real world case studies related to developing a Circular Economy - experience from industry, academics, policy makers to explore the challenges and successes to date. The case studies should include aspects of environmental, social LCA, Life cycle costing and economics and behaviour.

LCA and new economic models, from value chain to the integrated value

Moderated by: Christian DU TERTRE, ATEMIS (Laboratoire d'Intervention Recherche) et Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) and Xavier WEPPE, IAE Lille
Keywords: Performance economy; Cooperation; LCA; Life Cycle Thinking; Territory

The aim of this session is to debate the links and the contradictions of the LCA tool, the life cycle management/thinking and new business models, from the conceptual and practical point of view.
The session will focus on the performance economy and cooperation as experienced by SMEs since 2010 in Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, north of France. Based on feedbacks, experiments and academic contributions, the session also aims to discuss the respective conceptual frameworks of the performance economy, collaboration and the life cycle management/thinking.
The main question is how this new economic model improve the social and environmental impacts simultaneously with the production of value and economic development. How these new economic models are addressed in LCA and life cycle management/thinking?
The change introduced by the organizations involved in this model, creates opportunities but also challenges and transformations in work. How are these changes addressed in the LCA or thought life cycle?
Another point is how the organizations involved in these approaches (LCA and new economic models) deal with the implied changes. This session is an opportunity to discuss the research issues based on ongoing experiments. The performance economy offers a comprehensive approach involving different types of organizations even those beyond the value chain. Therefore, the performance economy opens up new fields of research on territorial development and local development policies. The session is a real opportunity to dialogue recent theoretical debates on territorial LCA and the territorial aspects of new economic models.


European Product Environmental pilots: benefits and challenges for business

Moderated by: Hugo-Maria SCHALLY, European Commission (tbc)
Key words: PEF; Pilot phase; Benefits; Challenges

European Product Environmental Footprint: benefits and challenges for business
More than 280 volunteering stakeholders are engaged since 2013 to test the European Commission Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach. The aim is to understand the real potential of the methods before proposing new policies.
As the pilot phase reach the final phases, the businesses are asking more and more the benefits and consequences of application of such an approach?
This session aims to provide experiences and lessons learned by PEF pilot phase and further discuss the challenges with the participants.

Collaboration and communication to mainstream Life Cycle Thinking

Moderated by: Hélène TEULON, Gingko 21 and Philip STROTHMANN, FSLCI
Keywords: Communication; Strategy; LCA; Responsibility; Transparency 

Many LCA studies are carried out in various fields. They allow to collect relevant and strategic information for companies, public authorities but also consumers, NGOs, researchers ...
If those results are communicated clearly and effectively, they can be helpful for raising awareness and empowerment.
But how communicate effectively? How to make relevant, comparable and understandable LCA results? Which type of communication focus on in BtoB or BtoC?
The session aims to show some initiatives in this area. Speakers will be invited to highlight the key elements for effective communicate and mistakes to avoid.

The criticality of resources, material trading costs and environmental externalities, which one matters the most in decision making?

Moderated by: Guido SONNEMANN, Université de Bordeaux, France and Stéphane MOREL, Renault

For an industrial company, the resource and material consumption is still a major cost. Therefore, question raise, such as how much does material purchasing cost per year? How much per product? What is the forecast for the next 5 years?
Although the environmental impacts of resources are covered by LCA, they are not used widely in environmental externalities assessments.
Furthermore, assessing direct impacts from the use of resources has been a point of discussion within the LCM community for long time. Most LCIA methods for resource assessment are based on the geological availability and address the long-term perspective of resource scarcity. However, the limit to accessibility of critical resources due to geopolitical and other socio-economic factors is not yet fully implemented in LCA.
Some new potential impact methodologies to assess material footprint are proposed. These methods go beyond stock evaluation and introduced some market assumption.
This session invite speakers to present these approaches and to discuss how these approaches can be coupled, aggregated or not. Do they cover the same risk management? How companies may use them for decision making? When the indicators are sat up, are they useful to leverage the material cost?

Bridging the gap between research and practice

Moderated by: Jade GARCIA, SCORE LCA and Anne PRIEUR, ENGIE (tbc)
Key words: Collaboration; Research; Practice; LCA

SCORE LCA is a collaborative research organization dedicated to Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and environmental quantification.
The main objectives are to develop LCA practices, to communicate their progress and to answer current and future needs of companies in a more effective and efficient way.
In that way, the research topics are defined and selected directly by members according to their real needs.
Each project is time-bounded and provides practical results with recommendations for better implementation of LCA methodology, approved by all members. This aspect is an argument towards decision makers to use these more credible and relevant recommendations.
The objectives of this session are:
- To present and share SCORE LCA research with the LCA community and particularly case studies of its members
- To show through the results that collaboration can be a success and can contribute to LCA community.
- To expand presentations to external studies on the same themes (improve LCA practice for businesses)

New methods for Life Cycle sustainability assessement and management

Moderated by: Olivier TALON, Materia Nova and Benoit EYNARD, UTC
Key words: LCA; Major developments; Additional methods

The session aims to address recent and major developments of LCA methods. Some of emerging issues related to LCA like territorial LCA, organisational LCA, planetary boundaries, social LCA, monetarisation, hotspots analysis, impact assessment methods, attributional and consequential LCA as well as applications of different additional methods such as Input-Output and MFA will be discussed.

LCM implementation in SMEs: from maturity assessment to environmental and economic performance

Moderated by: Llorenç MILA I CANALS, UNEP and Aubin ROY, [avniR] by cd2e
Key words: SME; LCM; Maturity; Environmental & Economic performance

How LCM can be implemented widely by SMEs? Using maturity assessment? Regional network? Transnational experimentation? ... How those innovative approaches contribute to environmental and economic performance?
This session will on one hand, engage SMEs by presenting their feedbacks on the integration of LCM (businesses will be included as speakers) and on the other hand organisations (e.g. cluster, institutions, ...) which support this implementation (presenting approaches/methodologies).
The outputs of this session will be guidelines in order to foster the use of LCM in SMEs and also help organisations to develop program on this strategic theme.



FOOD AND AGRICULTURE: How the environment becomes a differentiation factor for businesses?

Moderated by: Julien MOTTET, Agroé et Angélique LEONARD, University of Liège
Key words: Food industry; Food; Drinks; Seafood; Life Cycle Inventor; Life Cycle Thinking; LCA; Environmental labeling

Climate change, population growth, strengthening of regulatory requirements related to environmental protection, customers high-demand for transparency ... The food industry are pressured to provide food, transparency, at the same time optimize the use of their resources, minimize the environmental impact while maintaining economic competitiveness for sustainable growth. Many initiatives exist and new solutions are developed to meet those challenges!
This session aims to present how to improve environmental-care through data collection and new collaborations in the food industry.

BUILDING: Sustainable construction, is it just a matter of energy use?

Moderated by: Marie DARUL, cd2e and Timothée MARAIS, Geonomia

The construction industry is one of leading sectors in LCA. Despite the efforts, part of construction actors limit the sustainability of the buildings to the energy consumption during the use phase.
The aim of this session is to highlight the importance of a sustainable life cycle based approach. Also to discuss the existing methods and their applicability for the companies including the SMEs.

TEXTILE: Management of the life cycle in the textile sector

Moderated by: Anne PERWUELZ, ENSAIT

Societal and environmental challenges have become indispensable in the textile sector. This session will bring together stakeholders of companies and researchers in the field of textiles and clothing to discuss current practices. The objective is to define how the life cycle thinking is integrated in companies, what are its advantages and limitations.


CHEMICAL: Life Cycle Assessment of chemical processes and technologies

Moderated by: Sophie DUQUESNE, ENSCL; Adisa AZAPAGIC, University of Manchester; Richard DARTON, University of Oxford; Henk VAN DEN BERG, University of Twente

Key words: Sustainable process design; Renewable resources; Waste management

Industry in general, and the chemical sector in particular, are facing a range of sustainability challenges. One of these is development of new technologies that minimise environmental impacts on a life cycle basis, from ‘cradle to grave'. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a useful tool that can assist the industry and other stakeholders in quantifying the impacts and identifying improvement opportunities.
Therefore, the objective of this Symposium, co-organised by the EFCE Sustainability Section and the Working Group on life-cycle and recycling of materials of SFGP, is to discuss how LCA can help with the development of more sustainable chemical technologies, within the context of circular economy, small-scale decentralised production (process intensification) and the targets for increasing the use of renewable feedstocks.


End of life and Recycling: How to consider End of Life as an enlightened design choice?

Moderated by: Naeem ADIBI, Plateforme [avniR] and Marc HAQUETTE, cd2e

Different solutions of managing the end of life influence greatly the design phase of the products. As one of the most appreciated solutions, the recyclability is more and more an environmental indicator which is very often used and communicated by many companies.
Integrating End of life and more specifically the relevant recycling and recyclability criteria (materials, geographical scope, complexity ...) during the design phase is often a very challenging step for companies. i.e. based on current and upcoming recycling processes, regulations and networks -
The session is an opportunity for companies from different sectors to present and learn on how to consider End of Life, and more specifically the recycling as a design criteria.


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