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The objective of this training is to provide an understanding of the scope of life cycle assessment (LCA) (information generated and potential applications) in order to strategically integrate it into a decision-making process. Elements presented: life cycle concept, stages of an LCA according to ISO 14 040 and concrete examples of companies that have integrated life cycle thinking into their practices.

Jean-François Ménard
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The challenge of social LCA is to identify the potential social impacts arising from the activities of companies involved in the value chain of a product or service, to their stakeholders. More and more public or private decision-makers wish to better understand the consequences of their decisions and to identify avenues for continuous improvement, it therefore appears necessary to also consider the social effects of the choices made (type of investment, choice of suppliers, income distribution, etc.).

Sara Russo Garrido
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In order to meet the challenge of climate change, companies will need to create low-carbon products and services and reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. This training aims to highlight exactly what the carbon footprint is, how to measure it and its role in the fight against climate change.

Pablo Tirado-Seco
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With the growing interest of organizations in the concept of circular economy, many strategies are put forward to improve the circularity of products or services. But what are the environmental benefits or impacts of these strategies? Is it always better to close the loop? How can the circular economy be anchored more concretely in a context of sustainability? Life cycle thinking, and one of its tools, life cycle assessment, can provide answers to these questions.

François Saunier
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Various on-demand courses are also available. They can be given in English or French, online or in person. Contact us for more information and a quote.

This course deals with the water footprint based on life cycle analysis, as defined in the ISO 14 046 standard. The implementation of sustainable water management involves the identification of impacts. of human activity and the determination of possible levers of action: this is the goal of the water footprint. The water footprint quantifies the potential impacts associated with water, both in terms of water quality and quantity.

Brightway2 is an open source (Python) LCA platform, useful for creating models that go beyond the conventional limits of LCA. The goal of the training is to provide the knowledge needed to start using Brightway2 in your projects. An understanding of LCA and the calculations involved, as well as a basic knowledge of Python is required.

The development of more sustainable infrastructure is at the heart of our societies’ objectives, as outlined for example in goals 9 and 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this context, more and more building certifications such as LEEDv4 or the zero-carbon building standard are based on life cycle thinking for some of their evaluation criteria. Such an approach notably allows a better distinction between the potential environmental or social impacts of a building according to the different stages of its life cycle, in particular the distinction between intrinsic and operational impacts. It thus makes it possible to promote more informed decision-making, whether in the design of a building or its renovation.

As an LCA practitioner, it is sometimes difficult to navigate the different impact methods available and to know how to interpret them. The purpose of this training is to demystify the impact assessment and interpretation phases of LCA in order to better understand how to use the different impact methods and interpret them appropriately. The training takes a practical perspective (not the impact method developer’s perspective) based on the use of the IMPACT World+ regionalized impact methodology.

Input-Output provides an easy-access to economic an environmental sectoral data, as well as coarse estimates of the effect on the environment of a change in behaviour/policy. The goal of the training is to allow participants to learn how to understand and manipulate Input-Output tables such as Exiobase.

Customized Training

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The CIRAIG offers a number of professional trainings on topics related to LCA, circular economy and sustainable transition. Are you interested in other topics related to these concepts? Our trainings can be customized for your organization. 

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