Our projects

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the massive use of medical masks, two life cycle analyses were conducted to evaluate the environmental impacts of end-of-life management of single-use masks used in Quebec, but also of different types of reusable and single-use masks.

This Charter is governed by 13 principles that are expressed in the form of 3 commitments, namely: To guarantee human rights in the digital age; To ensure the primacy of the general interest and the common good; Putting data to work for the future.

The Circular Economy Action Agenda is a rallying call for businesses, governments, researchers, consumers and civil society to work together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

A database containing information about 17 OECD jurisdictions using and promoting life cycle approaches in their public policies.

Canadian Analytical Framework for the Environmental Evaluation of Electricity

Sustainable maritime and coastal management following an integrated approach combining the assessment of ecosystem services on a territorial scale under a life cycle perspective

An object class to hybridize lifecycle assessment (LCA) and environmentally extended input-output (EEIO) databases

Integrating potential environmental impacts of marine litter into LCA

Article published in “Sustainability”: Carbon Footprint of Beef Cattle by Raymond L. Desjardins, Devon E. Worth, Xavier P. C. Vergé, Dominique Maxime, Jim Dyer and Darrel Cerkowniak.

This book, written under the auspices of the Institute for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy (IEDDEC), presents the reflections of some fifty experts, notably in environment, industrial or chemical engineering, management, but also in economics, geography, anthropology and philosophy.

Gestimat makes it possible to perform comparative analyses of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to the manufacture of materials (from cradle to factory door) for various building structure scenarios. The CIRAIG helped in calculating inventory data for the Gestimat project by Cecobois.

A group project on the assessment of use and depletion of water resources within LCA

The EDDEC Institute, which brings together the expertise of researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal working on the transition to a circular economy, has carried out a research project to evaluate the circularity potential of three strategic metals for Québec: copper, lithium and iron. This project also made it possible to determine the main environmental impacts of these metals along the value chain. The final report summarizes this work, the detailed results of which are presented in the progress reports below.

As part of the public consultation on the issues and impacts of a ban on single-use shopping bags in retail businesses on the territory of the City of Montréal, the CIRAIG produced a brief to provide its thoughts on the life cycle of shopping bags. These thoughts are both environmental and socio-economic in nature, with the inclusion of social life cycle analysis concepts, and may serve to fuel the debate within the City of Montréal. Since knowledge on the subject is limited, this document provides the avenues of study needed to fully understand the potential impacts of implementing a policy to reduce the use of single-use bags in the Montréal context.

O-LCA is envisioned for organizations of all sizes, both public and private, in all sectors, and all over the world. We devoted special efforts to make the new methodology operative for all of them. Furthermore, the guidance document defines the so-called “experience-based implementation pathways” and provides particular methodological support according to previous experience of the organization with other environmental tools. Eleven experiences of the so-called “First Movers” of O-LCA illustrate the process and benefits that the methodology could bring to organizations. Eight sectors and four regions are represented in the case studies.

This position paper puts forward a proposal by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for the development of a harmonized approach for businesses to measure and value their interactions with society: A Social Capital Protocol.

Les Producteurs de grains du Québec sont heureux de présenter la toute première analyse complète du cycle de vie du secteur des grains. Cette étude, qui évalue le profil socioéconomique et environnemental de la production des six grains les plus cultivés dans la province, permet à la filière d’avoir une vue d’ensemble du secteur et appuie ses démarches de responsabilisation sociale et environnementale des producteurs de grains.

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