DF 70 — Social LCA – Challenges and solutions in application and implementation
Thursday, 22 November 2018, ETH Zürich, Alumni (GEP) Pavillon
We cordially invite you to the 70th Discussion Forum on Life Cycle Assessment.
The official language of this event is English.
Compared to environmental LCA, social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) is a young area with high potential for research and development. S-LCA has found its way into policy, industry and trade/ business thanks to new scientific findings and advances, e.g. regarding social life cycle inventories, impact assessment methods, assessment of positive impacts, databases etc.
The call for more socially acceptable products, documented with reliable information on their social impacts, is getting louder and is no more ignored by pioneering governments and industries. Especially in developing countries, the method is of high political interest. It is con-sidered as a possibility to combat social inequality, unfair working conditions etc., and to promote more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. In developed countries, the claim for sustainable and particularly socially fair production, e.g. in the food sector, requires the consideration of social impacts in addition to the traditional environmental based LCA. Pioneer companies and organisations have already implemented specific approaches for the social LCA of their products.
The forum will cover both theoretical and practical approaches, presenting methodological progress and disseminating S-LCA applications. To begin with, the state-of-the-art of S-LCA and current research foci and progress will be outlined. The application of the method will be showcased by practical case studies covering different economic sectors. Another session will expose concrete, individualized examples of the interpretation and implementation of S-LCA in business and policy. In this context, the challenges and obstacles actors along the value chains are facing are of special interest. The forum will offer ample time for discussions about the outlined and future steps.
This forum is targeted to LCA practitioners, LCA software developers and LCA researchers.