Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

27. Februar 2020 | 9:00 - 16:00 Uhr | in Englisch

As some asked if GRADE Sustain can offer a workshop on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), we could win Jürgen Sutter (Öko-Institut, Darmstadt) for such a 1-day interactive course.

The workshop will be on Feb. 27th, 2020, from 9am – 5pm and will be held in English.  Please bring a laptop (preferable with Excel or similar) for the workshop.

Short workshop description

Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a compilation and evaluation of environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life cycle “from cradle to grave”. It is a holistic view of all environmental interactions, from the extraction of raw materials and the production and distribution of energy, through the use, and reuse, and final disposal of a product. Today, LCA is widely used in industry and political consulting as an analytical management tool, that provides information for decision support.

In this workshop methodology and basic components of LCA are presented and discussed, like defining the goal and scope of the study, compiling an inventory of energy and material inputs and environmental releases, evaluating the potential environmental impacts, and interpreting the results.  During the workshop, the participants will carry out an exemplary LCA calculation by themselves.


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Please note that the maximum number of participants is limited to only 12.

Hot issues in sustainability - the meaning of sustainability in the business context

30.-31. März 2020 | 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr | in Englisch

Participants will understand and assess the meaning of sustainability in the business context. They are aware of the recent developments in the public discussion, are familiar with the main scientific research approaches, the political measures that are taken to establish sound sustainability, and caveats associated with corporate sustainability. Based on this knowledge they are able to contribute to the development of a sustainability project or strategy on the corporate level.

Our approach is science-based: we unite behind science and show that there is strong evidence for rapid changes of the world’s ecosystems and a need for true sustainable action.

  • The bigger picture
    • Climate Change
    • Biodiversity Loss
    • Implications of the “business as usual”
  • Sustainability?
    • Setting the scene: What are we talking about?
    • What are the hot issues in sustainability?
    • What is the concept of Planetary Boundaries?
    • What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
    • What does the EU New Green Deal stand for?
  • Why – and how – do companies care for sustainability?
    • Getting started: Transition to a Green Economy
    • How to do it right
    • How to prevent Green Washing
    • Sound CSR (-Management)

We will give expert input and provide papers and publications on the science behind sustainability.
In open discussions and group works we analyse concepts, methods and visions for society, businesses and individual profession in order to help participants to lead a substantiated discussion on the chances and role of sustainability in a future world.
Participants will give short presentations on various topics related to sustainability prepared during the course.