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Media launch of the International Research Consortium on Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Transition

On April 27th, the International Research Consortium on Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Transition was launched.
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The International Research Consortium on Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Transition gathers 10 major companies worldwide and 4 universities to spur the development and transfer of knowledge and tools related to quantifying environmental and social performance to support the sustainable transition toward a net-zero economy.

“We don’t have time to make poor decisions.”

Réjean Samson, Executive Director of the Consortium

The Consortium aims to spur the development and transfer of knowledge and tools related to quantifying environmental and social performance as a means of supporting the sustainable transition toward a net-zero economy. One of its goals will be to inform decision making on environmental and social life cycle assessments within the public and private sectors, an area in which the CIRAIG already has more than 20 years of experience. The Consortium’s initial set of partners includes 10 companies representing 3 continents and a range of industries: ArcelorMittal, Hydro-Québec, L’Oréal, LVMH, Michelin, OCP Group, Optel Group, Richemont, Solvay and TotalEnergies. The partners will provide an investment of $5 million to support international team coordination and interdisciplinary research. Professors will have access to additional funding to execute a cutting-edge scientific program.

The Consortium will build on the CIRAIG’s expertise in robust life cycle and sustainability metric development, which was gained through the International Life Cycle Chair established in 2007, and set up operational and strategic research aimed at accelerating the transition to sustainable technologies. With a structure that brings together 4 universities from 2 continents — Polytechnique Montréal and UQAM in Quebec, EPFL and HES-SO in Switzerland — the CIRAIG is strengthening international ties and promoting the transfer of new skills. These include conducting environmental impact assessments for products and services, while taking into account dynamic changes in the market, technologies and society, in order to effectively inform large-scale decision making and map out trajectories toward a carbon neutral economy.

Le Consortium regroupe actuellement 6 professeures et professeurs, 12 professionnelles et professionnels de la recherche et plus de 40 étudiantes et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs. Il sera sous la responsabilité du Pr Réjean SaCurrently, 6 professors, 12 researchers and over 40 graduate students are set to contribute to the Consortium’s activities. Réjean Samson, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, will oversee the Consortium and act as its Executive Director. He will be assisted by professors Cécile Bulle (UQAM), François Maréchal (EPFL) and Manuele Margni (HES-SO and Polytechnique Montréal). Professors Anne-Marie Boulay and Guillaume Majeau-Bettez from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal will also join the team.

For the occasion, CIRAIG welcomed participating universities, companies and researchers from Quebec, France, Switzerland and Morocco to Polytechnique Montreal. The Consortium’s activities will support the training of more than 40 new researchers on both continents, preparing them to bring fresh methods and procedures to numerous organizations.

A few words from our partners

“The CIRAIG was created at Polytechnique in 2001 and since then it has been able to continually broaden its expertise thanks to its many partners. The newly announced Consortium is a testament to the success of the CIRAIG’s model. In the face of the climate emergency, we have an urgent need to unite scientific knowledge from around the world, combine disciplines and share perspectives, while working with industrial partners and government actors. Doing so will enable us to develop concrete solutions for accelerating the transition and achieving carbon neutrality as quickly as possible.”

Maud Cohen, President of Polytechnique Montréal

“By supporting the new International Consortium, UQAM’s School of Management aims to drive change and innovation, influence society and help address one of today’s most pressing issues.” 

Komlan Sedzro, Dean, ESG UQAM

“The HES-SO’s School of Engineering values the CIRAIG because it has enabled us to deepen our knowledge and sharpen our skills related to sustainability, and more specifically to life cycle assessments, which are crucial for training our engineers and industrial partners.”

Pierre Roduit, Head of the Institute of Sustainable Energy, HES-SO

“As a CIRAIG partner since 2012, Solvay is enthusiastically renewing its support for this new chair whose goals are in line with our sustainable development objectives. Partnering with the CIRAIG has enabled us to significantly develop our knowledge in the fields of circular economy, social impacts, methodologies and datasets. By facilitating collaborative discussions with leading industrial partners, it has given our organization the opportunity to obtain high-quality environmental information and use it to offer the level of leadership that our customers and markets expect from us.”

Livia Van Innis, Head of Sustainable and Innovative Processes, Solvay

“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to benefit from the scientific work conducted through the Consortium and the expertise of the academic partners involved in it. In addition, we look forward to leveraging the knowledge and field experience that the Consortium’s other industrial members bring to the table. We firmly believe that this partnership will enable L’Oréal to make its life cycle analyses more insightful and robust, resulting in better data to guide our projects and performance indicators over the short, medium and long terms.”

Jacques l’Haridon, Sustainable Innovation, Methods Development & Environmental Evaluation, L’ORÉAL Research & Innovation

The Consortium in the news

10 major companies from Quebec, France, Switzerland and Morocco. (2023, April 27). Polytechnique Montréal, Press Room. https://www.polymtl.ca/salle-de-presse/en/newsreleases/10-major-companies-quebec-france-switzerland-and-morocco-partner-ciraig-and-4-universities

Stéphane Blais. (2023, April 27). Des chercheurs s’unissent pour aider les États et les entreprises à être carboneutres. La Presse Canadienne. L’actualité. https://lactualite.com/actualites/des-chercheurs-sunissent-pour-aider-les-etats-et-les-entreprises-a-etre-carboneutres/

Un consortium pour aider les États et les entreprises à être carboneutres. (2023, April 27). La Presse. https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/environnement/2023-04-27/un-consortium-pour-aider-les-etats-et-les-entreprises-a-etre-carboneutres.php

Talbot, D. (2023, April 27). Carboneutralité: entreprises et universités s’associent. Lesaffaires. https://www.lesaffaires.com/dossier/special-climat-adaptez-votre-entreprise/grands-pollueurs-et-universites-sassocient-pour-la-carboneutralite/640708

Ducharme, J. (2023, May 2). Évaluer les impacts du cycle de vie d’un produit. Actualités UQAM. https://actualites.uqam.ca/2023/consortium-international-analyse-cycle-vie-transition-durable/

Education News Canada. (2023, May 9). Polytechnique Montréal – Announcing the creation of the International Research Consortium on Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Transition. https://educationnewscanada.com/article/education/level/university/1/1020671/announcing-the-creation-of-the-international-research-consortium-on-life-cycle-assessment-and-sustainable-transition.html

Desjardins, J. (2023, May 15). Lancement du Consortium international de l’analyse du cycle de vie et de la transition durable. Québec Circulaire. https://www.quebeccirculaire.org/articles/h/lancement-du-consortium-international-de-l-analyse-du-cycle-de-vie-et-de-la-transition-durable.html

Dresser le portrait environnemental des objets avec des analyses de cycle de vie. (2023, May 19). Pénélope, Radio-Canada. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/ohdio/premiere/emissions/penelope/segments/entrevue/444105/ciraig-analyses-cycle-vie-environnement

On the photograph of the article:
Back row, left to right: Sara Russo Garrido, associate professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and executive director and coordinator of social analysis at CIRAIG; François Bertrand, full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of research and innovation at Polytechnique Montréal; Anne-Marie Boulay, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal; Manuele Margni, full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal; Cécile Bulle, professor in sustainable real estate in the Department of Strategy and Social and Environmental Responsibility at the École des sciences de la gestion de l’UQAM (ESG-UQAM); François Maréchal, full professor in mechanical engineering at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais Wallis; Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.
Front row, from left to right: Maud Cohen, President of Polytechnique Montréal; Réjean Samson, full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal and Executive Director of the CIRAIG; Anne-Laure Hettinger, Director of Global R&D and Sustainability at ArcelorMittal; Komlan Sedzro, Dean of ESG-UQAM. (copyright Catrine Daoust Photographie)

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