Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Advanced Training Program
Regardless of whether or not a participant has prior knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), this training program is designed for company employees with and without any LCA experience. This course is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the LCA method and its practices, especially for industry, manufacturers, and technology developers or companies. They aim to understand their products or systems’ environmental impacts and issues with sustainability-focused best practices and highlight the hotspots and the opportunities for improvements. Further, this course deals with the “what-if” analysis and other types of analyses to deal with sensitivities and the uncertainty concerns of choosing environmentally better and cost-effective materials. Identify the weak points and how to improve them. Also, it prepares the LCA users to firmly and comprehensively compare their products with competitors. A participant who completes the program will gain an advanced level of LCA with an in-depth knowledge of the available LCA industry-leading software packages and databases.
You are starting by helping your company understand the LCA method and its ISO standard, conducting an LCA study from the cradle to the grave, and interpreting the results for a specific process and the entire system. By evaluating the LCA results, your company will understand the strengths and weaknesses of your project from an environmental perspective and gain an in-depth understanding of the hotspots of the environmental load of the system. This training will also allow you to progress in the future onto more advanced DEISO LLC training courses for industry-leading software such as GaBi ts and SimaPro as well Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) training programs.
This course is designed for up to five participants offered remotely by an LCA practitioner of DEISO LLC (see biography at the end). The training covers critical topics based on (1) PowerPoint content of each module, visualized content, case studies from academia and industry, the interaction between the participants and the instructor, and assignments. Reference materials can be offered during and at the end of the training and accessible through the DEISO training portal at training.deiso.co.jp. The materials include PDF files prepared by DEISO for this training with detailed explanations of each module.
The key differences between the basic LCA training program and this advanced program are:
All the features, modules, and the content of the essential training are included, plus the following focus and addition:
- Advanced training on LCA data (foreground and background data), especially the commercial LCI data such as ecoinven, the Japanese IDEA databases, and several others.
- Advanced LCA modeling techniques.
- How to deal with the issue when some data is not available.
- Introduction to data estimation concepts.
- Learn the differences between various LCA software: GaBi ts, SimaPro, MiLCA, and openLCA.
- More case studies.
- Sensitivity analysis.
- Uncertainty Analysis.
- Parameter Analysis.
- Scenario analysis.
- Trade-off analysis
- How to incorporate LCA with other practical sustainability methods.
- How to choose and model an Electricity Grid Mix for your project and how to examine various energy sources.
- In-depth understanding of the environmental indicators (climate change, toxicity, etc.)
- Particular focus on GHG emissions, especially CO2.
- Advanced visualization of the LCA results, especially for non-technical stakeholders or decision-makers.
- More content, examples, and time are allocated to some modules.
- THIS TRAINING CAN BE CUSTOMIZED WITH NO EXTRA FEES TO THE TYPE OF INDUSTRY OF OUR CLIENTS.
Level: This course is advanced. Regardless, it is suitable for those with no previous knowledge of LCA and those with just basic background knowledge. This course is ideal for all sectors, but it focuses on the industry (system processes, manufacturing, and technology). An essential LCA background is preferred but is not fundamental. The instructor will handle the differences in the backgrounds of the participants.
Expected outcome: By completing this training, a participant is expected to have a complete and a deeper understanding and practice of the LCA method, its data, software packages and how to collect its required data for a specific project, how to decide and use the appropriate data, understanding the LCA applications and its benefits for product development, especially from an industrial perspective, how to conduct an LCA study from the cradle to the grave, in-depth understanding and interpret the results in an advanced manner. You will be able to start the next level of advanced and specialized LCA and LCI training programs offered by DEISO.
Required Background: No LCA background is required for this course. However, a basic understanding of LCA is preferred.
- Module 01 (1 hour)
An introduction to the LCA method: The concept of the LCA method; its construction; its applications; its advances; and its benefits with regards nonenvironmental issues, product and technology development, and sustainability.
- Module 02 (1 hour)
The LCA framework: The LCA method involves a 4-stage process. Involving goal and scope definition, inventory analysis, impact assessment, and interpretation. Scope: Cradle to Grave with a particular focus on Cradle to Gate.
- Module 03 (2 hours)
Environmental indicators: LCA results can include up to 20 different environmental indicators, such as global warming potential (carbon footprint), human toxicity, eutrophication potential, acidification potential, water, and energy depletion, etc. A wide range of Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methods was developed to drive these indicators, such as CML, ReCiPe, and several others. This course focuses on the most popular methods with up to 14 most important indicators. We will provide an overview of what each of the main indicators means, how they happen and what types of impacts and damage they could cause.
- Module 04 (2 hours)
Data and tools: An overview of the primary data sources and software packages. An introduction to data collection and primary and secondary data. This is a crucial part of our LCA training. We pay special attention to the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data, also known as the background data. There are several databases available such as ecoinvent (used in SimaPro and GaBi ts software and others), GaBi databases (used in GaBi to software), Inventory Database for Environmental Analysis (IDEA), a Japanese database used in the MiLCA software, and other databases. We go through them and discuss how to use each of them, industrial areas, projects, countries, etc. We also focus on the foreground data, which the end-user should collect. We discuss what this data means, its importance, and how to collect it.
- Module 05 (4 hours)
LCA modeling: You will be introduced to modeling an entire project from the design phase and data collection to the interpretation of the results.
- Module 06 (1 hour)
Midpoint and endpoint modeling: You will be introduced to midpoint and endpoint modeling. This is essential to understand when identifying the key environmental issues and interpreting results and the difference between the two approaches.
- Module 07 (3 hours)
Interpreting the results: This module helps understand LCA results by looking at the system’s overall system (the model) and specific processes. Rather than just only gaining an outlook of the system, you will learn how to identify the hotspots of the entire model. There are several ways of presenting LCA results. We will provide examples of LCA results to show how you need to take care of how results are presented and interpreted and what to look at and use tools such as Microsoft Excel, Tableau, and the suitable graphs to look at each part of the system. We also focus on how to understand the inventory results (the emission amounts) and their emissions medium: to air, water, and soil (industrial and agricultural soil). We pay special attention to GHG emissions, especially Carbon Dioxide.
- Module 08 (2 hours)
Case study: We will use a case study to explore LCA results and the key points from this training program. We will also conduct a simple LCA study and discuss the results.
Certificates: Optionally, a course completion certificate can be issued to every participant who attended the training with extra fees per attendee. A participant receives the certificate after completing all the assignments and passing a 2-hours oral examination that covers the topics of the modules.
NOTE: Our client may request to eliminate any of the training modules. However, adding additional modules/topics is subject to extra cost.
Program Schedule: A proposed schedule of the program will be prepared and sent to the client upon the agreement of the quotation.