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

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 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

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CH-1001 Lausanne
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Yves Loerincik
Ing. dipl. EPFL
Laboratoire d'énergétique industrielle
EPFL, bâtiment ME, LENI
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