Life Cycle Assessment and ICT

Life cycle assessment is a topic in environmental informatics since many years. Computer science contributes to life cycle assessment as a research area in different dimensions. They implement life cycle assessment methods (e.g. matrix methods, software tools), they make the methods applicable in practice (graphical user interfaces, LCI and LCIA databases), they integrate the methods into computer-based environmental management information systems (EMIS). Life cycle assessments without computer support are unthinkable. Moreover, computer science contributes to the development of life cycle assessment methods: basic approaches, calculation engines, integration of different instruments (for instance life cycle costing, material flow cost accounting, product carbon footprinting, organizational LCA). Today, life cycle assessment stands more and more for a framework that includes different information instruments. Even if life cycle assessment (in a broader sense as a methodological framework) is still not an underlying principle of standard ERP system components, it is more attractive and appealing than ever before. The situation appears to be paradoxical, but as in dialectics, it may serve as a source of new scientific insights and approaches.

The state of the art in LCA and it’s ICT assistance will be discussed in this special session. Thought on further delevopments of the existing approaches are highly welcome.

Presentation of research papers:

  • Open Calculator for Environmental and Social Footprints of Rail Infrastructures by Francisco Barrientos, Gregorio Sainz, Alberto Moral, Manuel Parra, José M. Benítez, Jorge Rodríguez, Carlos Martínez, Francisco Campo, Rubén Carnerero (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
  • Methodological implications of tracking uncertainty from an agent based model to a life cycle impact assessment by Tomas Navarrete Gutierrez, Paul Baustert, Antonino Marvuglia (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
  • Analysis of Product Lifecycle Data to Determine the Environmental Friendliness of the Apple iPhone by Hans-Knud Arndt, Chris Ewe (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
  • Regionalized LCI Modeling: A Framework for the integration and use of spatial data in Life Cycle Assessment by Juergen Reinhard, Rainer Zah, Lorenz M. Hilty (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
Special Tracks
Location: Building G Room 008 Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2016 Time: 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm Andreas Möller Volker Wohlgemuth