Life Cycle Thinking for Circular Economy Strategies

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.


Objectives of the training

  • Take a critical look at circular economy strategies based on life cycle thinking
  • Understand the potential of life cycle assessment (LCA) for evaluating the environmental performance of circularity strategies
  • Compare the use of circularity indicators and environmental indicators to evaluate the performance of circularity strategies

What you'll learn

  • The circular economy and its strategies: a review of basic concepts
  • Role of life cycle thinking in a circular economy context
  • Life cycle assessment of circular economy strategies: applications and examples
  • Indicators of circularity: review and critical analysis
  • Presentation of other life cycle thinking tools useful for the circular economy (material flow analysis, …)

Who is this training for?

Anyone wishing to sharpen their understanding of the contribution of life cycle thinking to serve circular economy strategies (business managers, professors, researchers, students, etc.).


François Saunier

François Saunier is lead for the projects related to circular economy. He authored, co-authored, or is currently involved in several LCA studies and projects. François Saunier has also worked in the development of several courses on LCA and sustainable production and regularly participates in graduate students training.

Regular Price

280 $

CAD / person + taxes

Reduced Price

for students and non-profit organizations
280 $

210 $

CAD / person + taxes

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The Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment online course will teach you about life cycle thinking, how to embrace a systems view, and how to calculate and interpret the environmental footprint of a product, service or technology.