Nijmegen, Netherlands

Advanced Life Cycle Impact Assessment Modelling

when 6 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed to 2021.

Focused on understanding the strengths and limitations of determining environmental impacts of a product with Life Cycle Assessment methods, this course will provide you state-of- art insights in impact assessment modelling.

This course focuses on understanding the strengths, limitations and potential pitfalls of determining environmental impacts of anthropogenic inputs from and outputs to the environment that are used within product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods. The course will provide you with state-of-the-art insights in determining effects of your emissions and extractions.

The core of the course addresses the modelling of product systems and larger production-consumption networks. New insights in impact category and damage-oriented approaches will be covered. Starting with general cause-effect chain modelling, at least one impact category, i.e. ecotoxicity, is investigated in depth. The importance of spatial differentiation in a number of impact categories is discussed by using the spatially differentiated, global impact assessment method LC-IMPACT as an example. Dealing with different types of uncertainties in LCA modelling and performing an uncertainty assessment is also part of the course. The final day will be dedicated to new developments.

Education forms used are in the form of lectures. In small groups you will work on assignments, where you will model impact assessment processes with excel on your own laptop. This, under guidance of experts in impact assessment method development, uncertainty and variability assessments, i.e. Francesca Verones NTNU, Norway, and Rosalie van Zelm and Mark Huijbregts from Radboud University. Before the start of the course you are asked to prepare and read through the material. You will also have to do a simple modelling exercise to have a head start during the scheduled course weeks.

Course leader

Rosalie van Zelm, Assistant professor
Environmental Science

Target group

• PhD
• Post-doc
• Professional

Everyone who is qualified for a doctoral program can apply, which means that you have fulfilled a master degree.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Understand the scientific background for life impact assessment models.
2. Execute complex life cycle impact assessment calculations and interpret their outcomes.

Fee info

EUR 0: Fee and date will be announced in the fall. Registration opens December 1st 2020. The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.