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LCA North America 2013 Annual Report

LCA North America Mission Statement

The mission of the SETAC LCA North America Advisory Group is to advance the science, practice, and application of LCAs to reduce the resource consumption and environmental burdens associated with products, packaging, processes, or activities.

To achieve this mission, the SETAC LCA North America Advisory Group will:

  1. Serve as a focal point to provide a broad-based forum for the identification, resolution, and communication of issues regarding Life Cycle Assessment and related topics in North America and globally; and
  2. Facilitate, coordinate, and provide guidance for the development, implementation, and communication of LCA and its use in North America.
  3. Participate, through the LCA Global Coordinating Group, in expanding the SETAC LCA Community globally and bringing expertise to geographic units of SETAC where LCA is an emerging practice. 

Core tasks include planning and organizing LCA sessions and conferences (such as the Annual SETAC North America Meeting), coordination of topical working groups, and preparation of SETAC LCA publications.

 Current Steering Committee Members

  • Jane Bare, Chair (Government)
  • Christophe Koffler (Business) 
  • Andrew Henderson (Academia)
  • Pascal Lesage (Academia)
  • Lise Laurin (Business)
  • Tim Skone (Government)
  • Annie Weisbrod (Business)

Hot Topics and Current Activities

The Advisory Group organized a very intensive workshop in parallel with the SNA Annual Meeting in Nashville.  The title was Improving Life Cycle Impact Assessment Interpretation and Decision-Support and the methodology used was roadmapping. The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Share information about LCIA interpretation and decision making,

  2. Identify and define the key challenges with interpretation and use of LCA results, and

  3. Determine whether there are potential solutions to work on collaboratively

The proposed Outcome was a Technology Roadmap (form of strategic plan) for LCIA interpretation and decision support that:

  • Gives participants involved a clear idea of what is needed and the time frame we hope to meet through collaboration across sectors. This can serve to guide researchers, academics and suppliers to develop solutions that are useful, usable and timely.

  • Provides an example to follow for other areas of LCA method development and harmonization.

Efforts early in 2014 will be to begin assembling the roadmap elements and to publish it so that the SETAC LCA Community and other interested parties, including the ongoing UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative Flagship Project on LCIA Indicators and Methods Harmonization,  can begin to infill the elements on reaching the intended destination.

 

 

 

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