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PRé at the Life Cycle Management 2019 conference in Poland

EVENT | From 1st to 4th of September the city of Poznan in Poland will be the epicentre of the LCA community. The city will host the international LCM 2019 conference, one of the most important conferences in the field of life cycle thinking, where PRé will be broadly present. Since sharing, collaborating and empowering are in our veins, we will present our work and our vision on how the LCA community could increase their impact and contribute to a better world.

 

Life Cycle Management 2019: towards sustainable future

Life Cycle Management (LCM) 2019 is an international conference which will take place on September 1-4 in Poznan, Poland. The LCM series is established as one of the leading conferences in the field of environmental, economic and social sustainability. The unique feature of LCM is developing practical solutions for the implementation of life cycle approaches into strategic and operational decision-making. The conference brings together decision-makers from science, industry, NGOs and public bodies worldwide.

 

This year, the 9th edition of the LCM conference is organized under the title "Towards sustainable future: current challenges and prospects in life cycle management". The event is expected to host more than 600 attendees who will share the latest developments in the field.

 

Meet PRé team and get to know the 'why' and the 'how'

On the first day, September 1, we will organize a get-together to show how SimaPro can be used to do PEF - which will be back-to-back with the EF training provided by the European Commission. Marisa Vieira will lead the session.

 

In a keynote speech, our Managing Director Eric Mieras will share why we need to take LCA to the next level and which key success factors play a role in that development. The LCA community is a relatively small group of experts, but the need for sound and robust metrics on environmental and social impacts is already huge, and with the new challenges it is growing every day. Only if we can change our approach and scale ourselves up, we will be able to facilitate this demand.

 

Next to the why, we will also present how to do this based on a number of projects we have done or are still working on. In a parallel session "Strengthen LCM by Blending Approaches" Mark Goedkoop will talk about the differences between social and environmental LCA, while Bo Weidema (2.-0 LCA Consultants) will present a life cycle impact pathway framework for the SDGs, a project commissioned by UNEP Life Cycle Initiative that we work on together. Our former employee Diana Indrane will go into the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment 2018, a joint development with industry that started over 5 years ago. These presentations will show how relevant impact categories and KPI’s can be generated based on LCA knowledge. New indicators, but then for circularity, is also something Mantijn van Leeuwen (NIBE) will dive into, based on a collaborative effort on Circular Building in which PRé also played a pivotal role.

 

On September 3 in the session "Sustainability as a Part of Supply Chain and Product Portfolio Management", Anne Gaasbeek will present how to use LCA for identifying the sustainability starts in your product portfolio. In that same session, we will also talk about the project we did for the Dutch dairy sector that generates yearly footprints at farm level for 15.000 farmers. One key element for scaling up the use of LCA is the availability of Product Category Rules. Marisa Vieira will address this aspect in her presentation about the PEFCR for the Horticultural sector during the session "Sustainability of Agri-Food Products". Another important topic is capacity building and sharing of knowledge. That is exactly what Laura Golsteijn will talk about during the session "LCA in EU Policy". Last but not least, Pieter Callewaert from Østfoldforskning will tell you more about the Proof of Concept for the NorEnviro project in which PRé is a partner. The project aims to make the data from Norwegian Research Institutes more easily accessible as sharing data is essential in increasing the use of LCA. This will be the last session of September 4, dedicated to "Creating the Data Infrastructure for Circular Economy and LCM based strategies", and it will be chaired by Eric Mieras.

 

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More sessions to attend

Of course, there is much more than just us. The full program is available at the LCM website. Visit, for instance, presentations of our colleagues from thinkstep, Harald Florin, or Ifu, Martina Prox, to hear how they envision the future. In the end we can only tackle this huge challenge we face together. Or you can attend sessions by one of our SimaPro partners (Erik Hognes, Nydia Suppen, Niels Jungbluth, Christop Meili, Tim Grant) or one of our database partners (Gregor Wernet, Emilia Moreno, Chris Mutel). And if you need a break or a drink, don’t hesitate to visit our stand.

 

More information about the conference and program can be found on the LCM 2019 website

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‘Sustainability is all about impact. Positive impact makes you meaningful. But first you have to know where you are making an impact and where you can create shared value. That’s where PRé comes in. Pinpointing your impact is an essential starting point for taking joint action with people and organisations in your ecosystem. The combination of sustainability and social business can make a real change in the way we do business.’

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