Advanced LCA Course on Consequential Modelling, EIO LCA, ILUC, and Social LCA

The Doctoral School of Engineering And Science, Aalborg University and Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA), in collaboration with the International Life Cycle Academy (ILCA), organise a 5 day Expert LCA Course from June 22 to June 26 in Aalborg University, Skibbrogade 5, 9000 Aalborg.

The course begins with an introduction to advanced inventory modelling using the techniques of consequential LCA and input-output (IO) LCA. The students will apply algorithms for performing consequential LCA in the definition of functional unit, consumption mix, and identification of determining and dependent co-products. Then, the students will use IO LCA to create inventories combining monetary and biophysical flows, and learn how to this technique is applicable to a range of purposes from mass-flow analysis to life cycle costing. The course will continue by bringing the above mentioned theories further into practice on two specific cases: modelling of indirect Land Use Changes (iLUC) and socio-economic impacts. The course targets the development of advanced competences in LCA by applying the problem based-learning (PBL) teaching method. The course aims at strengthening skills in life cycle inventory analysis. Following the PBL model that focuses on learning by doing and reflection, the course activities will include intensive group work, problem defining and solving applied to real-word cases, practical exercises, and discussion sessions.

The course includes five days of full-time activities (09:00-16:00). When including readings and group work assignments, the total course workload corresponds to 5 ECTS (1 ETCS = 25 hours of work for the student). Optionally, participants can choose to write a paper based on their PhD project and combining the know-how developed during the course, and receive professional guidance from the course lecturers, based on distance supervision. The submission of the paper will have deadline 6 weeks after the last day of the course. Choosing this option will correspond to obtaining additional 3 ECTS.

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