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Development and application of environmental Life Cycle Impact assessment Methods for imProved sustAinability Characterisation of Technologies

Objective

LC-IMPACT is a 3.5-year project and its main objective is the development and application of life cycle impact assessment methods, characterisation and normalisation factors. Impact from land use, water use, marine, mineral and fossil resource use, ecotoxicity and human toxicity, and a number of non-toxic emission-related impact categories will be considered in LC-IMPACT. First, new impact assessment methods will be developed for categories that are not (commonly) included in life cycle impact assessments and categories for which model uncertainties are very high, i.e. land use, water exploitation, resource use, and noise. Second, LC-IMPACT will provide spatially explicit characterisation factors based on global scale models for land use, water exploitation, toxicants, priority air pollutants, and nutrients. Thirdly, parameter uncertainty and value choices will be assessed for impact categories with high uncertainties involved, such as ecotoxicity and human toxicity. Fourthly, ready-to-use characterisation factors will be calculated and reported. Fifthly, normalisation factors for Europe and the world will be calculated for the impact categories included. Sixthly, the improved decision support of the new characterisation factors and normalisation factors will be demonstrated in the context of the following three case studies: i) food production (fish, tomatoes, margarine), ii) paper production and printing, and iii) automobile manufacturing and operation. Finally, verification and dissemination of the new life cycle impact assessment methods and factors will be done by a portfolio of actions, such as stakeholder consultation, a project website, workshops, course developments, and training of user groups. In short, LC-IMPACT will provide improved, globally applicable life cycle impact assessment methods, characterisation and normalisation factors, that can be readily used in the daily practice of life cycle assessment studies.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science/land-based treatment

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 751 095,66
Administrative Contact
Susanna Bicknell (Ms.)

Participants (15)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 275 840
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefanie Hellweg (Prof.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 382 868,80
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Hauschild (Dr.)
SIK - INSTITUTET FOER LIVSMEDEL OCH BIOTEKNIK AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 185 670
Address
Box 5401
40229 Goeteborg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ulf Sonesson (Dr.)
PRE CONSULTANTS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 224 285
Address
Printerweg 18
3821 AD Amersfoort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Goedkoop (Mr.)
INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 308 062,50
Address
Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Monica Manchanda (Ms.)
UNILEVER U.K. CENTRAL RESOURCES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 48 574,50
Address
Unilever House, Victoria Embankment 100
EC4Y 0DY London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Llorenç Milà I Canals (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 265 800
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Spengler (Mr.)
QUANTIS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 240 844,80
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1024 Ecublens Vd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sebastien Humbert (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 196 075,44
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 217 332,80
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kris Engelen (Mr.)
SNL FINANCIAL SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 50 538
Address
Po Box 3127
169 03 Solna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Storm (Dr.)
GRAFISK ARBEJDSGIVERFORENING
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 56 145,75
Address
Helgavej 26
5230 Odense M
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carsten Boeg (Mr.)
DAIMLER AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 26 160
Address
Mercedesstrasse 137
70327 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Winkelbauer (Dr.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 103 056,75
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
David Badia Prat (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 81 600
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Schindler (Mr.)