*30th LCA Discussion Forum*
*Life cycle approaches applied on biofuels*

Tuesday 28th November 2006, 9:00 - 17:00h, Berne-Ittigen, 

We are pleased to invite you to the 30th Discussion Forum on Life Cycle 
Today, transportation almost entirely relies on oil-based fuels and is 
responsible for about 30% of the world's fossil fuel consumption. 
According to the principles of sustainability, a modern society should 
preserve non-renewable energy sources and replace them by renewable 
energy. The depletion of fossil energy reserves and the associated 
environmental impacts are the two main reasons leading to consider 
alternative fuels for transportation. Fuels derived from biomass, also 
referred to as biofu-els, are not only potentially renewable, but are 
also sufficiently similar to fossil fuels to provide for direct 
substitution. Also practically, it seems to be a promising alternative 
to fossil fuels in the short term. But, what are the environmental 
impacts of using biofuels on a large scale?

The goal of this one-day forum is to discuss the present status of life 
cycle assessment with regard to biofuels. It aims to inform 
practitioners from Switzerland and surrounding countries about the 
follow-ing issues:

·    Short introduction to LCA methodology.
·    Are organic agricultural products a basis for environmentally 
friendly biofuels, or which other possibilities exist to minimize the 
environmental impacts in the agricultural production stage?
·    Which approaches exist to investigate the environmental impacts of 
future production chains?
·    What are the current results of LCA studies of biofuels and what 
are reasons for diverging re-sults? Presentation of current research 
works in Switzerland with regards to LCA of biofuels (ex-tension of the 
ecoinvent database)
·    What are competitive uses of biomass resources, e.g. for materials, 
and how can the best use op-tions for a biomass resource be assessed in 
·    Are imported biofuels a proper way to reduce the environmental 
impacts due to fuel consumption in Switzerland?
·    What are the consequences for the national fuel policy that can be 
derived from the LCA results?

Proposals for additional short presentations (5 to 10 min, 3 to 6 
slides, depending on the number of submitted presentations) are welcome.
The forum will be held in German. Practitioners from industry, 
representatives from authorities and NGOs, and polititians are welcomed 
as well as LCA experts. We are persuaded that this forum will be of 
interest to all actors involved in producing, marketing and using of 
biofuels and we look forward to welcome you in Berne-Ittigen.

Current information will be available on

Please find more information on the 30th LCA Discussion Forum in the 
attached invitation. The forum will be held in German with one workshop 
in French.Please send your application to the following contact: 
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Proposal for additional short presentation (5-10 min) are appreciated.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Berne.

Best regards,

Niels Jungbluth, ESU-services, Uster (project leader of the Swiss "Life 
Cycle Assessment of bioenergy" project)

Bruno Guggisberg, Bundesamt für Energie

Current information will be available on
LCA Forum
Ecointesys - Life Cycle Systems
Parc scientifique EPFL
Case postale 538
CH-1001 Lausanne
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fax: ++ 41 91 968 10 93
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Yves Loerincik
Ing. dipl. EPFL
Laboratoire d'énergétique industrielle
EPFL, bâtiment ME, LENI
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