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 relevant to the process as input or output variables in the various life phases of the product, process or service. In addition, you will be able to use the Life Cycle Assessment tool for process optimisation decisions that focus on added value.

Study format:
Certificate Course
5 Days
Choose time which suits you best
Credit Points:
2 ECTS (50 Hrs. Workload)
Course fees:
3,200 € incl. lunch, course materials & social program, excl. overnight stay/arrival & departure
RWTH Executive Certificate
English / German

Course 1

  • September 02 - 06, 2024
  • Course Language: English
  • Documents: English

Course 2

  • November 25 - 29, 2024
  • Course Language: German
  • Documents: English

Contents of the Training

In five days of attendance, participants will learn to evaluate analysis results and potential for improvement through lectures and the independent performance of a LCA study. The new knowledge is complemented by an introduction to the OpenLCA software, including a corresponding application exercise. On the last day of the course, participants take an exam in the form of a LCA group work followed by a presentation of the results.

Day 1 | Introduction

Day 2 | Phase 3 and 4

Day 3 | Decision-making Processes

Day 4 | Examination Case Study

Day 5 | Prospects of LCA

Develop new skills and gain industry-specific knowledge in:

  • 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.

Scientific Lead & Lecturers of this Certificate Course

Vita of the Scientific Lead

Vitae of the Lecturers

Teaching Institutes & Partner

Carbon Minds offers data and guidance to chemical companies who are looking for the most efficient transition to environmental sustainability. The company knows that good decisions come from good data. As chemical engineers, they have therefore dedicated their time to building the largest, most regionalized life cycle database to date for the chemical industry. As sustainability experts, Carbon Minds helps you turn their data into evidence to discover the most efficient path to your environmental targets.

The Chair of Technical Thermodynamics (LTT) at RWTH Aachen University, headed by Professor Niklas von der Aßen, focuses on the development of system-analytical methods and technical components for energy systems as well as theoretical and experimental research into fluid material systems. The work is divided into different project groups in terms of content.

Participation Requirements & Target Group

The Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment Certificate Course is aimed at engineers as well as project managers. You will particularly benefit from the course if you have at least one year of relevant professional experience and work in the fields of:

  • production
  • environmental management
  • research and development or strategic management

The number of participants is limited to 20 persons in order to ensure an efficient knowledge transfer in the dialog between the participants and lecturers is guaranteed.

Course Overview

5 Days | 3,200 € (exempted from sales tax)
incl. lunch, course materials & social program, excl. overnight stay/arrival and departure

  • Target audience: Engineers and project managers
  • RWTH Executive Certificate
  • 5% Alumni Discount

Why Life Cycle Assessment at the RWTH International Academy?

  • Taking a leading role in environmental protection and thus remaining competitive in the climate policy environment requires many industrial companies to take decisive measures to reduce their environmental impact. A detailed environmental assessment is required to identify suitable activities here: "Life Cycle Assessment" offers a generally recognized and highly effective method for this purpose.
  • You will receive targeted expertise through the specific supervision of knowledgeable and consulting-experienced Life Cycle Assessment experts from the Chair of Technical Thermodynamics and Institute of Thermodynamics.
  • This is a hands-on continuing education program at one of the world's top technical universities, and you will gain knowledge at the cutting edge of technology and science.
  • You will obtain a high quality educational qualification through a RWTH Aachen qualification.

RWTH Aachen Executive Certificate & Digital Badge

You will receive an officially recognized Executive Certificate "Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for Industrial Products" from RWTH Aachen University. The achievements can be credited to other certified courses or further studies, as they are marked with the "European Credit Transfer System" (ECTS) and contribute fundamentally to your professional development. In addition, you will receive the certificate as a verified digital badge protected and authenticated by the blockchain, which will specifically strengthen your professional portfolio through its unlimited visibility, security and flexibility.

In-house Opportunities

Our in-house training offers a wide range of academic and professional skills tailored to your company's specific challenges and goals. We work closely with you to develop a customized training, compiled from proven teaching methods and the expertise of our qualified lecturers to ensure optimal learning outcomes for your professional development.

Would one of our courses also be of interest to your entire team/company? Contact us: Our team for your team! We will be happy to advise you on the possibility of an in-house course. Give us a call or send us an email – we will tailor your further training to your needs!

Funding Options

If you live/work in Germany, there are a number of government funding opportunities for your continuing education. Financial and time support is offered, for example the

  • individual federal states
    (e.g. through Bildungsscheck or QualiCheck)
  • education premium
  • educational leave
Grant application

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