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"In the Footprints of Life Cycle Assessment"

Reinout Heijungs
Department of Econometrics and Operations Research
VU University, Amsterdam
Institute of Environmental Sciences
Leiden University

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Bren Hall 1510

"A world-leading scholar in industrial ecology, Dr. Heijungs has made many important contributions to methods in environmental systems analysis, including life-cycle assessment, substance flow analysis, and environmental input-output analysis."

— Yi Yang, Bren PhD student host

The worlds of footprints and life-cycle assessment (lca) have lived separately for a long time, but with the advent of the carbon footprint as an LCA that addresses only climate change, the two worlds seem to assimilate. However, there is a tremendous amount of fuzz surrounding the footprint concept and life-cycle thinking. Is an LCA the same as a footprint? Does LCA calculate footprints? Is a life-cycle perspective required for every footprint? In this presentation, I will discuss some of the points where footprints and LCA agree, but also some of the points where they disagree.

Dr. Heijungs’ research is focused on foundational and methodological aspects of models for the interaction of economy and environment. Dr. Heijung received his PhD at Leiden University, where he had been working before 2013. Now he works mainly as an associate professor in quantitative methods in the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research at VU University in Amsterdam.

NOTE: Research colloquia are hosted by Bren faculty members and are generally high-level talks about research in a particular area of environmental science and management.


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