Monday, 25 April 2016

Materials Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Workshop

Materials Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Workshop

On Friday 22 April, academic and industry delegates from across Europe come together for the Materials Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Workshop; a one day event to discuss current and future trends of LCA, and how it can aid decision making to achieve resource efficiency and sustainability.

Held at The University of Sheffield, the event was organised jointly between the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) and the EPSRC funded projects "Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency" (DARE) and "Substitution and Sustainability in Functional Materials and Devices" (SUBST), and included discussions on major materials innovation projects and real industry cases.

Louis Brimacombe, Head of Environmental Technology at Tata Steel, gave the keynote presentation explaining the role LCA has in understanding the benefits of a circular economy, where not only environmental considerations but also the social and economic performance of a material are crucial for making sustainable decisions.

"Life cycle assessment is core in achieving sustainability across supply chains. LCA not only helps industry make informed decisions, but identifies where we can improve resource efficiency, sustainability and circular economy." - Louis Brimacombe / Head of Environmental Technology at TATA Steel

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