Call for short presentations:
You work on a topic relevant to one of the announced Discussion Fora and wish to present your findings?
"Open floor" sessions for short presentations will be available in each forum. Please contact the LCA Discussion Forum secretariat – the sooner the better.
For more information and to receive news on the LCA Discussion Forum, please contact: lcaforum (at) ethz.ch
DF 73 — Digital transformation: LCA of digital services, multifunctional devices and cloud data centres.
Thursday, November 21, 2019, ZHAW Wädenswil (not ETH Zürich)
(The official language of this event is English.)
Increasing digitalisation not only makes our daily life easier but also causes changes in the environmental impact of our activities. The substitution of material-based services with digital services – for example films or music – alters the environmental impact of our everyday activities and shifts visible material use to less visible digital services.
A holistic LCA of the transformation from material to digital services requires the assessment of information and communication technology (ICT) and takes into account new business models as well as emerging technologies. Modelling of digital services and multifunctional devices are complex and the choice of assumptions has a crucial impact on the final assessment.
A discussion of all these topics in the LCA-community allows the evaluation of different approaches for the assessment of digital transformation.
This DF will therefore cover the LCA of transformation to a digital society with its wide range of devices and technologies as well as summation effects caused by new services enabled by modern ICT.
DF 75 — Life Cycle Thinking = Lower Footprint?
Monday & Tuesday, September 14 & 15, 2020 (2 day jubilee forum), Zürich
If we compare the necessary large transformations (e.g. in GHG reductions, or land use patterns) with common LCAs, the question arises: Did LCA hitherto support big decisions and changes? Or are we using LCA mostly for minuscule optimizations? We're eagerly awaiting your abstracts for presentations and posters which answer one (or many) of these questions:
• How much does (did) LCA really help in reducing pressure on the environment?
• Which important decisions were based on LC thinking and analysis?
• How can LCA become more effective for big issues?
Submissions can be either scientific or 'practical' (e.g. from industrial practitioners without scientific endeavour). Key is to discuss the topics.
We look forward to your abstracts, to be submitted until January, 10th, 2020, to: (this link follows soon).