RWTH Certificate Course Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for Industrial Products
LCA as a Holistic Environmental Inspection Method
Learn to represent and quantify material and energy flows as input or output values in the various life phases of a product, a procedure or a service. Furthermore, you will acquire the skill to apply the tool Life Cycle Assessment for value chain-oriented decisions in process optimization.
▶ Various phases of LCA and their areas of application ▶ Autonomous implementation of life cycle assessments ▶ Development of standardized methods for account balancing according to DIN norm ▶ Interpretation of LCA analyses and evaluation of improvement potentials
Group of Participants Engineers and/or project leaders from the areas of production, environmental management, research and development or strategic management with at least one year of relevant professional experience.
Motivation Taking on a leading role in environmental protection and thus remaining competitive in a climate-sensitive environment requires many industrial companies to implement key measures to reduce environmental impacts. Suitable activities are determined by a detailed environmental assessment: The so-called "Life Cycle Assessment" offers a commonly accepted and highly effective method to that end.
Methodology In five days of attendance, participants will learn to evaluate analysis results and to evaluate potential for improvement through lectures and the independent performance of an LCA study. Your new knowledge is complemented by a company visit and introduction to the GaBi software, including a corresponding application exercise.
Further information regarding the certificate course "Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Industrial Products"
On the first day of the course the following topics will be taught:
Life Cycle Assessment: Introduction and application fields
Phase 1: Goal and Scope Definition of target and scope of assessment
Phase 2: Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) theoretical background for data collection, building of an LCI model, software tools and databases
On the second day of the course the following topics will be taught:
Phase 3: Life Cycle Impact Assessment overview on and computation of environmental impacts based on LCI results
Phase 4: Intepretation and Sensitivity
Interpretation and communication of LCA results
Specific industrial production process in the field of carbon capture and utilisation
Portrayal and implementation of LCA in industrial processes of decision-making and introduction to the case study
On the third day of the course the following topics will be taught:
Modelling course: LCI, Allocation, Life Cycle Impact Assessment
Conducting an industry-related LCA case study
On the fourth day of the course the following topics will be taught:
Independent LCA study based on the data obtained during the company visit
Comprehensive communicatoin of LCA results both within the company and towards stakeholders
Group work: Preparation for final presentation
On the fifth day of the course the following topics will be taught:
Prospects of LCA and Wrap-Up
Examination of group presentation and feedback
Awarding of Certificates
Institute Chair of Technical Thermodynamics and Institute of Thermodynamics, RWTH Aachen University