*Life Cycle Perspective for Social Impacts: Needs and challenges

**Thursday 15th of June 2006*
*Polydôme, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne*

We are pleased to invite you to the 29^th Discussion Forum (DF) on Life 
Cycle Assessment (LCA) addressing the topic of *quantifying social 
impacts in a life cycle perspective*.

Companies are getting used to report on social issues in their annual 
(sustainability) reports. It is mainly focused on the activities of the 
companies and does not apply a life cycle perspective. The LCA method 
has been developed to measure the environmental performance of a 
product, a service, a company, etc... As a complementary approach, Life 
Cycle Costing (LCC) has been added to take into account the economic 
aspects of products and services. In order to be exhaustive in assessing 
*the three pillars of sustainability*, the two methods mentioned should 
be complemented by a kind of "*Social LCA*" to consider the social 
effects of products and services. However, the first question is: "Is 
this really feasible?" and then, if yes, how current information 
practice can be used?

The presentations and discussions of the 29^th Discussion Forum shall 
help to find answers to this overall question. In detail, the following 
questions will be addressed during this day:

    * Which social issues are reported in a quantified way in
      sustainability reports?
    * Can we profit from sustainability reporting of companies?
    * Are we able to quantify social impacts in a life cycle perspective?
    * if yes, which social indicators would be feasible and meaningful
      in a life cycle perspective?
    * if no, is it due to a lack of data or a lack of homogenous
    * How can we define an indicator to measure welfare?

In particular, the forum will look at the quantification of social 
effects, the characterization and modelling of social effects, the 
already available life cycle approaches to include social effects, the 
monetarization of social externalities and on case studies on evaluating 
the social effects with a life cycle perspective.

The forum will be held in Lausanne, at the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale 
de Lausanne. The floor is *open for short presentation* (10 minutes). If 
you are interested, please submit an abstract *before the 15th of May*.

The forum will be held in English.

We hope that this forum will be of interest for you and we look forward 
to welcoming you in Lausanne.

Yves Loerincik, Ecointesys - Life Cycle Systems

More information can be found on 
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Yves Loerincik
Ing. dipl. EPFL
Laboratoire d'énergétique industrielle
EPFL, bâtiment ME, LENI
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