2nd DISCUSSION FORUM ON INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND LIFE-CYCLE MANAGEMENT
Fórum de Discussão em Ecologia Industrial e Gestão de Ciclo de Vida
March 5-6 2015
Auditorium of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra (UC), Polo II Campus
This discussion forum aims to address current research in Industrial Ecology and Life-Cycle Management. The forum, conducted in English language, brings together faculty, researchers and students to discuss the latest methodological developments and extended approaches in Life-Cycle Assessment. The forum is organized in five working sessions and includes two keynote lectures.
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Professor Roland Clift, Emeritus Professor
Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK
Life cycle sustainability assessment: extending the scope of LCA
Life Cycle Assessment is well established as a tool for estimating the environmental impacts (usually negative) associated with providing a product or service. However, to provide a tool for assessment of sustainability, LCA needs to incorporate other impacts beyond environmental. Based on the “three pillars” model of sustainability, life cycle sustainability assessment must consider economic and social impacts, both negative and positive. Environmental and economic impacts are already considered together in some forms of Value Chain Analysis but incorporating social impacts within life cycle assessment is more problematic. The UNEP/SETAC Guidelines approach this problem by attempting to record social impacts within the same framework as environmental impacts, but this approach is by no means universally accepted.
This talk will outline some of the problems which have been encountered in extending the general LCA approach to social impacts. Some fundamental questions are raised:
- Is it possible to apply an approach derived from risk estimation without empirical validation of outcomes?
- Can impact pathways be identified?
- Can Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment be carried out without a normative discussion on social objectives?
Professor Roland Clift CBE FREng
Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology and founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey; previously Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey; Visiting Professor in Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University,Göteborg, Sweden; Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; past President and Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology; past member of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Ecolabelling Board and Science Advisory Council of the Department of the Environment, food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Prof. Clift’s research is concerned with system approaches to environmental management and industrial ecology, including life cycle assessment and energy systems.
Professor Paulo Ferrão, Full Professor
Dept. of Mechanical Eng., IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Urban metabolism provides a framework for analyzing the technical and socioeconomic processes that occur in cities. This includes assessing the inputs, outputs, and stores of energy, water, and materials of an urban area. The concept is grounded on the analogy with the metabolism of living organisms, as cities can transform raw materials into infrastructure, human biomass, and waste.
The material dimension of the economic activities in cities presents an opportunity for analysis. While the material dimension is only one component of understanding the metabolism of cities, it allows the development of reliable metrics for the assessment of urban material flows and stocks. The consumption and transformation of materials is crucial for assessing the sustainability of a city in terms of efficient functioning, resource availability, and environmental protection.
Urban metabolism concepts and its associated toolset will be discussed together with a set of international case studies that demonstrate how urban metabolism can contribute to promote urban sustainability.
Professor Paulo Ferrão
Was born in Lisboa in 1962, graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 at IST- Instituto Superior Tecnico of the Technical University of Lisbon, where he obtained the prize for the best student of the year in his field. He obtained a Master in Heat Transfer and Conversion in 1998 and a PhD and “habilitation” in Mechanical Engineering at IST in 1993 and 2004, respectively. He concluded a graduation in Strategic Management in the Context of Innovation at ISCTE in 1988. He is the National Director of the MIT-Portugal Program, the major international partnership on Science and Technology in Portugal, in the field of Engineering Systems, and he is also the focus area lead for Sustainable Energy Systems. He is Full Professor at IST. He is co-founder of IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. His scientific career has evolved within the areas of “Laser diagnostics for turbulent combustion systems”, “Analysis of Energy Systems” and “Industrial Ecology”, where the principles of Thermodynamics have been complemented with social and economic fundamentals in order to promote the analysis of the complex systems that characterize the major issues that are relevant for sustainable development of modern societies. He has been active on the area of “Sustainable Cities”, where he is publishing a book at MIT-Press on “Sustainable Urban Systems” co-authored with John Fernandez from MIT. He is author of three books and co-author of two other in the area of Industrial Ecology, its principles, tools and different case studies. He is author of more than seventy papers published in journals and book chapters and over eighty papers presented in conferences and invited talks in different domains. He has co-organized more than a dozen international conferences and leaded more than thirty scientific projects in the areas of Energy Efficiency and Industrial Ecology.
Program last updated on February 27.
The registration fee includes:
§ Access to all sessions
§ Lunch and coffee breaks
The Discussion Forum takes place at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Polo II Campus, University of Coimbra. Coimbra is located in the center region of Portugal, easily accessible by car, bus or train from Lisbon (200 km) or Oporto (130 km).
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Chairman: Prof. Fausto
Freire, DEM-FCTUC Pólo II
Energy for Sustainability (EfS) initiative: www.uc.pt/efs
This Discussion Forum is organized under the project Extended “well-to-wheels” assessment of biodiesel for heavy transport vehicles (PTDC/SEN-TRA/117251/2010), supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).
It is also supported by the Energy and Mobility for Sustainable Regions Project (CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-002004).