Title course: LCA Practice and Reporting
Coordinator(s): Jeroen Guinée and Bernhard Steubing
Other involved teacher: Reinout Heijungs
This course is part of the MSc Industrial Ecology (joint degree between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology). Successful completion of the course Analytical Methods and Tools (4413ANMT6Y); basic knowledge of environmental science; basic knowledge of matrix algebra.
For students of the master’s programme Industrial Ecology that intend to do their Thesis Research Project on a topic which involves LCA or is closely related to LCA.
Short description course
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a science- and evidence-based method for quantifying the environmental burdens and impacts related to the whole life cycle of a product or service system. LCA is and has been used to analyze and asses a wide variety of product/service systems, ranging from packaging materials to national waste management or energy scenarios, and from building materials to food products.
This course aims to provide sufficient scientific and practical skills to perform an attributional life cycle assessment study on your own.
After this course, students should be able to individually:
Draft a concise, to-the-point proposal for their own LCA research including a brief literature review
Perform a methodologically consistent and proper LCA study
Create and develop a proper LCA model in CMLCA
Present and analyze results, identify problems and propose solutions
Plan and monitor research
Report an LCA study and its findings transparently and comprehensively
Identify, justify and report LCA's key methodological assumptions and choices
Critically evaluate and discuss the possibilities and constraints of their LCA study
The final grade is based on the research proposal (10%), presentation (10%) and case study report including the LCA model developed with the CMLCA software (80%); the grade of case study report and CMLCA file together should at least be 5.5 to pass the course.
The course starts with an intensive theory week (5 days; 9 to 5). After this week students will perform their own LCA study. A minimum of 80% attendance is required for the theory week.
During the period in which students are working on their LCA case study a one-day meeting will be organized at which students present their progress and preliminary results to their fellow students while receiving and providing valuable feedback for finishing their research and report.
While performing their LCA research students will have access to a forum through which they can discuss possible bottlenecks and exchange tips. The instructors will closely monitor the discussions and join when appropriate.
MS Teams will be used for communications and distributing study material.
This course uses MS Teams. Course documents, the course manual, announcements etc. can be found via MS Teams.
MSc Industrial Ecology students can register for the course and exam via uSis. Other students need to contact the study advisors of the programme via email@example.com