International Research Consortium on Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Transition

The Consortium aims to perform operational and strategic research via:

  • continuous improvement and development of robust life cycle and sustainability metrics and tools;

  • the integration of these metrics into complex modeling frameworks to identify strategies and pathways for a sustainable transition to net zero.

Academic partners

The Consortium benefits from the research expertise of several research institutions:

Scientific program

Developing and improving life cycle and sustainability metrics

Supporting decision makers for a sustainable transition

Revealing optimal sustainable transition pathways

  1. Improving flow modelling in value chains to model more representative and flexible life cycle inventories.
  2. Developing relevant environmental indicators by modelling the environmental mechanisms of emissions and resource consumption. 
  3. Developing relevant social metrics and creating effective cross-linkageswith other fields and applications.
  4. Improving carbon neutrality roadmaps through life cycle thinking.
  1. Operational research closely connected to the partner’s needs.
  2. Applied analysis and tools for decision making.
  1. Assessing the role of resource- and material-focused circular economy strategies to achieve sustainable decarbonization.
  2. Assessing the role of energy to achieve a net-zero economy. 

To meet the challenges of reaching a net-zero future while limiting vulnerabilities and impact shifts, robust indicators are required to quantify the consequences of different courses of action and sort out which should be prioritized.

With this in mind, the first research axis aims to consolidate and further develop metrics and tools to assess sustainability in value chains, in particular with regard to environmental and social life cycle impacts. This axis builds on the experience and outcomes the CIRAIG helped develop in recent years. It is resolutely focused on pushing the boundaries of methodological advancement and establishing innovative approaches to pursue the development of robust, relevant and cutting-edge analysis, metrics and tools. Furthermore, the Consortium will continue to contribute to methodological development, consensus building and harmonization in environmental and social life cycle assessment by playing an active role in different international initiatives (ISO, UNEP, WBCSD, etc.) and collaborative projects.

Organizations are facing increasing pressure to achieve a sustainable transition towards net-zero while ensuring other interconnected sustainability challenges such as limiting biodiversity loss, managing resource scarcity and preserving their social licence to operate are addressed. Innovative applied and operational research, as well as analysis and tools that address the challenges faced by decision makers are key to support this transition.

This research axis aims to provide operationalized research to make the knowledge, tools and metrics that are developed useful to stakeholders to support strategic decision making, operational decisions and innovation.

Our global economy is a complex system that includes and extends beyond industrial value chains. Understanding how the system and humans within it react and directly impact business activities and policy decisions is key to a sustainable transition. Focusing on this complexity is necessary to reveal optimal sustainable transition pathways and understand the dynamics of change by assessing sustainability beyond individual products and embracing a system perspective that encompasses production and consumption activities. Because the life cycle approach is critical to identify potential impacts along value chains, there is a need to improve our understanding of the interconnections of complex systems at different scales (process, industry, society) by considering competing activities under constraints to reveal optimal solutions that account for scaling and rebound effects and anticipate trends with prospective modelling.

This research axis sheds light on the roles of the energy-material-impact nexus and renewables (materials and energy) in a changing environment to assess risks and opportunities for businesses with regard to optimal sustainable transition pathways. 

Industrial and governmental partners

The Consortium benefits from the collaboration of industrial and governmental partners:


Becoming a partner of the consortium

Being a partner generates value for your organization:

  • a pool of experts in sustainability metrics, process design, integration and optimization of energy systems,
  • access to state-of-the-art research,
  • customized projects and support,
  • trainings,
  • students and graduates trained in the best techniques of sustainability and systems modeling.

Example of important realisations

20 years of solid experience and publications in the development and transfer of knowledge and tools to inform decision making in eco-design, responsible sourcing, strategic positioning, public policy guidance and decarbonization plans.

Leading the development of environmental impact assessment methods (IMPACT World+, Aware, MariLCA working group), as well as the energy planning model EnergyScope.

Active member of international projects and committees, including ISO, UNEP, FAO, ISIE and WBSCD.

Scientific leadership

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