Topic outline

  • General

    Life Cycle Assessment (2020)

  • Life Cycle Assessment (2020)

    Life Cycle Assessment (2020)

     

    Teaching Faculty

    Jonathan Albo Sánchez

    Antonio Domínguez Ramos

    María Margallo Blanco

    Javier Pinedo Alonso

    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

     

     





    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a well-known methodology applied to products, processes and services which considers its full life cycle: from the cradle (as natural resources) to the grave (as air emissions, liquid effluents and solid wastes).

    The course covers all aspects about how to perform an LCA study: definition of the goal and scope as well as the target audience, gathering data on resource consumption and emissions, burdens to the environment, checking the robustness and significance of results and conclusions, and reporting and reviewing to ensure transparency and quality.

    This LCA course includes LCA fundamentals as well as practical activities based on LCA projects. For project development, the students learn how to use openLCA, which is an open-source and free software for Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment.


    Keywords

    Sustainable Development; LCA concept; Life cycle thinking; Goal and Scope definition, Inventory; Impact Assessment; Interpretation.

    • Course Details

       

       

      Course Information

      • Course: Life Cycle Assessment

      • Code: G799

      • Department / Unit: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

      • Degree: Degree in Chemical Engineering

      • Faculty: School of Industrial Engineering and Telecommunications

      • ECTS credits: 6

      • Language of instruction: English

      • Instructors: Jonathan Albo Sánchez, Antonio Domínguez Ramos, María Margallo Blanco, Javier Pinedo Alonso

       

       

      Course structure

       

      Unit 1. Life Cycle Assessment fundamentals

      • 1.1. Sustainable Development
      • 1.2. Development of the LCA concept
      • 1.3. Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment
      • 1.4. Europe 2020
      • 1.5. Life Cycle Thinking

       
      Unit 2. Life Cycle Assessment methodology

      • 2.1. Goal and Scope definition
      • 2.2. Life Cycle Inventory
      • 2.3. Life Cycle Impact Assessment
      • 2.4. Interpretation

       
      Unit 3. Practical activities

      • 3.1. Applied LCA problems
      • 3.2. Project with openLCA

    • Readings

       

          Required reading list    

       

      • R. Horne, T. Grant, K.Verghese, Life Cycle Assessment: Principles, Practice and Prospects. Ed. CSIRO Publishing, (2009).

      • A. Azapagic, R. Clift, S. Perdan, Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists. Ed. John Wiley and Sons, (2004).

      • H. Baumann, A.M. Tillman, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA, Ed. Studentlitteratur, (2004).

      • M.A. Curran, Life Cycle Assessment Handbook: A Guide for Environmentally Sustainable Products. Ed. Wiley-Scrivener, (2012).

      • A. Ciroth, C. Di Noi, T. Lohse, M. Srocka. OpenLCA 1.9 Comprehensive User Manual, (2019). http://www.openlca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/openLCA-1-9_User-Manual.pdf

        

         
          Additional reading    

       

      • UNE-EN ISO 14040:2006, Environmental management - Life cycle assessment - Principles and framework (ISO 14040:2006).

      • UNE-EN ISO 14044:2006, Environmental management - Life cycle assessment - Requirements and guidelines (ISO 14044:2006

      • A. Aranda Usón, I. Zabalza Bribián. Ecodiseño y Analisis de Ciclo de Vida. Ed. Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza (2010).

    • Lecture Notes

         

       

    • Practical Classes

       

      Applied LCA problems


      Project with openLCA

    • Assessment

       

       

        

        

          Assessment criteria    

       

        

      ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA "LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT"

        

      Description

      Typology

      Final assessment

      Reassessment

      %

      Exam. corresponding to the lectures

      Written exam

      No

      Yes

      50%

      • Minimum mark: 5,00.

      • Duration: 2 hours

      • Date: After completing the lectures 1 & 2

      • Retake conditions: Final exam in June and/or September

      • Comments: The september retake exam is only for those students who did not pass the June exam

      Final report of the group project

      Report

      No

      Yes

      20%

      • Minimum mark: 0,00.

      • Duration:

      • Date: At the end of the course

      • Retake conditions: Final exam in June and/or September

      • Comments: The september retake exam is only for those students who did not pass the June exam

      Final oral defense of the group project

      Oral exam

      No

      Yes

      25%

      • Minimum mark: 0,00.

      • Duration: To be determined

      • Date: At the end of the course

      • Retake conditions: Final exam in June and/or September

      • Comments: The september retake exam is only for those students who did not pass the June exam

      Intermediate oral defense of the group project

      Oral exam

      No

      Yes

      5%

      • Minimum mark: 0,00.

      • Duration: To be determined

      • Date: During the course

      • Retake conditions: Final exam in June and/or September

      • Comments: The september retake exam is only for those students who did not pass the June exam

        TOTAL

      100%

      COMMENTS:

      • Attendance is strongly recommended to the students. The individual contribution of each student to the group project will be checked in the oral defense of the project during the practical activities.
        If the final mark from the test and the group project is below the minimum mark (5.00), the student can pass a retake exam in June (date determined by the ETSIIyT board). An additional retake exam is possible in September (date determined by the ETSIIyT board).

      Part-time students COMMENTS:

      • Partial time students can pass the course thanks to the exam corresponding to the lectures that will be taken place before the start of the group projects. A retake exam is possible in June in a date to be determined . A second retake exam is possible in September in a date to be determined.

    • Syllabus

       

       

        Here you can download the Syllabus in PDF format.

    • About the professor


         

      Jonathan Albo Sánchez

      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

      UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
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      Antonio Domínguez Ramos

      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

      UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
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      María Margallo Blanco

      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

      UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
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      Javier Pinedo Alonso

      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

      UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
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