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North America Interest Groups: Life Cycle Assessment
Christoph Koffler
Lise Laurin


              Welcome to the Joint Life Cycle Assessment Interest Group!


This Joint Interest Group is a collaborative effort between the Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry (SETAC) North American and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) as outlined in the 2019 memorandum of understanding between the two associations.

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The mission of the Joint SETAC North America - ACLCA LCA Interest Group is to advance technical and methodological aspects of LCA in North America. More specifically, the IG is interested in promoting 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 Joint LCA Interest Group will:

  1. Serve as a focal point for the identification, resolution, and communication of technical and methodological issues related to Life Cycle Assessment for the LCA community in North America; and
  2. Facilitate, coordinate, and provide guidance for the development, implementation, and communication of LCA and its use in North America.

Core tasks include planning and organizing LCA sessions at SETAC and ACLCA meetings, coordination of topical working groups, and preparation of LCA publications.

Life Cycle Assessment Capability Roadmaps

The Joint LCA Interest Group is currently actively working on a Capability Roadmap for LCA. Subgroups have been formed to work on the various components of the roadmap. Roadmap topics are in various stages of development.Once a roadmap is in draft form, it is opened for comments and then finalized.

Roadmaps Open for Public Comment

After several years of work, the 35-member team working developed a roadmap to assess the exiting landscape and put a start to work which needs to be done to address current shortcomings. We look forward to receiving public comment on this current state and statement of needs.

Road Map_Addressing Ill Characterized Uncertainty in LCA

Comments will be accepted up to June 30, 2020 and may be sent to lise @ earthshiftglobal .com. Please use the commenting template developed for the Roadmapping efforts.

Completed Roadmaps

Lots of collaborative work has gone into developing two roadmaps that address important issues in LCA.

RoadMap_Supporting Decision Makers with LCA

RoadMap_Product System Model Description and Revision


The Joint LCA Interest Group is governed by its charter.

The steering committee meets (generally by phone or web conference) occur approximately once per month for 45 minutes. For more information contact the Interest Group Chairs.

Steering Committee Members

  • Christoph Koffler, Chair (Business) - Chair
  • Lise Laurin (Business) - Co-chair
  • Andrew Henderson (Business)
  • Angela Fisher (Business)
  • David Meyer (Government)
  • Michael Carbajales-Dale (Academia)
  • Tim Skone (Government)
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