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Life Cycle Assessment for Products, Processes and Services (for LCA Project Managers, Engineers & Designers) - 2 Day

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Course Code SC 120
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2 day, 8:30 am - 4:30 pmCEU2

TEAM RATE: Add 1 person for additional $ 400; Add 2 people for only  $ 600

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Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto

This course is offered with support of our Program Partner, Evergreen, a national charity that makes cities more livable. The course will be held in Evergreen's LEED NC Platinum (pending)  Centre for Green Cities and is part of the Evergreen CityWORKS continuing education offerings. Learn more about Evergreen CityWORKS here.


Past & Current Attendees Ernst & Young, GreenShirt, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research in Motion (Canada & UK), Zerofootprint, Enviro-Stewards, Watters Environmental Group, Rogers Communications, Lanxess Corporation, Toronto Transit Commission, UPS, ThinkSustain, Schulich School of Business, York University, Trent University, McMaster University and others.

"The workshop is an excellent introduction to life cycle analysis concepts and practice"

"Wonderful! Very informative, it got me thinking about all the complex uncertainties that come with evaluating and reporting the environmental footprint of products & services."

"This program provided me with an excellent understanding of the LCA process, strengths and limitations".

"Excellent instruction.  Jean-Francois really knows his stuff.  I liked the practical examples and applications that he has worked on."

"Would recommend it for anyone developing, designing or marketing products."

Course Description

Life Cycle Assessment for Project Managers & Consultants

The life cycle approach has become the major tool of businesses and governments in improving the sustainability of 250px-PhasesOfLifeCycleAnalysisproducts, processes and services.  Businesses like 3M, Alcan, HP, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are using Life Cycle Assessment to reduce product costs, increase market share and mitigate climate and energy risk.  It is also embedded within the Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR).


Essentially, LCA can help companies gain legitimate entry into the burgeoning "green marketplace" through eco-labels and declarations. Over 18% of companies are using LCA to support business strategy and R&D.  In excess of 11% of companies are using LCA for branding products through labeling or product declarations to address a green market that will double from $1.37 trillion a year in 2010 to $2.74 trillion by 2020.


Governments are applying LCA as a basis for policy and regulatory development. Current applications include: 1) helping to prioitize programs based on life cycle information, 2) making policies consistent among consumers, producers material suppliers, retailers, and waste managers and also among different policy instruments, 3) reducing the impact that government operations have on the environment, and 4) promoting pricing products and services to accurately reflect "true" costs.

As a Life Cycle Assessment Project Manager or Sustainability Consultant - you need to have a broad understanding of LCA concepts, inventory, impact assessment, data quality management, post impact calculations, modeling, software, statistics and the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards.

Life Cycle Assessment is one of today's fastest growing professional fields with certification from the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment through an exam process.

In this program you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to manage a LCA project for your product, process or service.
  • Learn about LCA Software.
  • Access important LCA Resources.
  • Acquire knowledge applicable to the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment Certification Exam.


  • Register now and receive a complimentary copy of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Life Cycle Assessement" by Henrikke Baumann and Anne-Marie Tillman.
  • Gain Access to the Sustainability Learning Centre's Community of Practice, a depository of course materials, connections and learning Forums.
Learning Objectives

Program Objectives

Day 1:

Gain an introduction to the life cycle concept, drivers and application for marketing, communication, branding and design. Case studies will be used to present the life cycle concept, basic principles and discuss its limits as an environmental assessment tool.

Using case studies, small and large group discussions participants will:

1. Examine LCA methods using common LCA frameworks and standards.
2. Identify the goal and scope of a potential project looking at function, functional unit and reference flows.
3. Understand system boundaries for an LCA project.
4. Conduct a simple life cycle inventory for a project.
5. Critically examine and interpret a life cycle impacts assessment.

The aim of this first Module is to better understand the significance of LCA (generated information and applications) in order to promote its implementation within a decision-making framework.

Day 2:

Focus on the refinement of the LCA methodological framework and applications. This section will further refine the LCA methodology according to its different phases as defined by ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 in order to provide participants with the basic elements required to critically analyze an LCA study.  In addition, this module is will provide the essential knowledge required to lead an LCA study within an organization.

Using case studies, small and large group discussions participants will:

1. Deeply assess methodological aspects of LCA including goal and scope definition, system boundaries considerations, attribution and consequential approaches.
2. Examine multi-functional processes of life cycle inventory and a life cycle impact assessment framework.
3. Follow the LCA steps of classification, characterisation, normalisation and weighting.
4. Critically evaluate LCA methods.
5. Complete a practical, hands on case study exercise that identifies the typical elements of an LCA study: function, functional unit, reference flows and system boundaries.
6. Analysis case study results using commercial LCA software: SimaPro.

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Trainer and Subject Matter Expert

ciraig_bannerlogo_enThis workshop is delivered in partnership with the internationally renowned group CIRAIG, the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services.  This world-wide renowned Life Cycle Assessment organization is an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Life Cycle Initiative.

Since 2004, the CIRAIG is a renowned strategic alliance program of the Fonds de recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT) as well as the Fonds de recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC).

Subject Matter Expert

Jean-François Menard holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal. He joined CIRAIG's start-up team in 2002. He is now Senior Analyst and has participated in numerous LCA studies in various sectors including aluminium production, waste management, municipal waste treatment, electricity distribution, road pavement and oil sands exploitation. He has extensive knowledge of the most used LCA software and has worked on the development of several LCA courses including graduate student training. Since 2002, he has provided LCA training to hundreds of participants from varied backgrounds.

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This training course is designed for individuals from academia, industry, government or associations and other Non-Governmental Organizations. It is specifically addressed for people who wish to get introduced to and obtain basic knowledge in life cycle assessment (LCA) and also professionals who have responsibilities pertaining to the environment and/or sustainable development.

These might include, but are not limited to:

Day 1: Anyone seeking a basic understanding of the application of LCA to Business or Government including:

Organization Leaders, Corporate Affairs, Communications & Public Relations Professionals; Marketing and Sales Personnel, Sustainability, CSR and Environmental Specialists and Engineers; R & D and Design Personnel, Procurement Personnel, Operations Managers, Project Managers and Researchers

Day 2: Anyone planning to manage or oversee and LCA project in Business or Government including:

Sustainability, CSR and Environmental Specialists, Engineers, R & D and Design Personnel, Procurement Personnel, Operations Managers, Project Managers and Researchers

Course Price

Regular Registration Price: $ 1,650 Until May 1, 2014

TEAM RATE:  Add 1 person for $ 400, Add 2 persons for $ 600

Late Registration Price: $ 1,850 After May 22, 2014

Student Price $ 350  (HST will be charged on all fees), $450 after May 1, 2014


CIRAIG Provides Participants a Certificate for this Program. CIRAIG_Certificate_001

Participants also receive 1.2 units of  Continuing Education Units (contact hours) toward the Eco-Effectiveness Group of Green Team Certification.




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