The objective of this class is to provide students with expert guidance on carrying out the interpretation phase of an LCA, including instruction on the conceptual background and need for interpretation, review of the ISO guidelines and requirements for interpretation, practical methods and tools for interpretation, and helpful hints and strategies.
Delivery of the course material will be facilitated by a detailed case study of a comparative LCA which the instructor will use to illustrate key points and which the students will work with in practical exercises on interpretation.
The Interpretation phase of an LCA serves two purposes:
1) To gain insight so you can efficiently guide and refine the selected methodology and inventory model
2) To derive robust conclusions and well founded recommendations, as appropriate
This course presents the details of how to conduct an ISO compliant interpretation that meets all the required completeness, sensitivity and consistency checks. You will learn how to use contribution, scenario, uncertainty, and sensitivity analyses to conduct a fully detailed interpretation that will ensure your study results are robust and well-founded.
- Introduction to interpretation
- Sources of uncertainty & choices
- Goal of Interpretation in an LCA
- ISO 14044 (2006)
- Case study
- Check the basic model
- Consistency check
- Data quality check
- Completeness check
- Sensitivity check
- Analysis tools
- Contribution (hot spot)
- Scenario (multivariate)
- Case study
Cost: $1,650 per person
Duration: Two three-hour sessions
Certificate:LCA Practitioner Certificate
- Introduction to LCA and SimaPro (Online)
- Impact Assessment Methods
- Modeling Recycling in LCA
- Familiarity with ISO 14040 and 14044 (2006) standards
- Completion of an LCA (internal screening level LCA is fine)
This is an advanced course designed for those participants who are actively working on LCAs.
The class will meet online at www.gotomeeting.com. You will be provided with an invitation and password a few days before the class.
The best set up for taking the class is to have one computer/monitor to view the slides and one computer/monitor set up with SimaPro to follow along and gain hands on experience. If you would like to take the class but do not have access to the software, we will provide you with a temporary license.
Before the class you will receive a PDF of the presentation slides, which you can use for note taking during the class. These prove to be a great help when conducting your future LCA’s.
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