Life cycle assessment (LCA)

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a technique to compile and evaluate the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life cycle, from raw material extraction, manufacture, distribution, use and final disposal. 




In this online course you will learn the basics of the life-cycle assessment (LCA) and the tool SimaPro. The course includes practical exercises with the software SimaPro, so you will need to have a computer (not Mac).




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Module 1. Key Concepts of an LCA

  • Life Cycle Thinking
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Product System
  • Unit Process
  • System Boundary

Module 2. Application of LCA

  • Types of LCA
  • LCA and Circular Economy
  • Examples of the applications of LCA

Module 3. LCA Standards

  • ISO 14040 and ISO 14044
  • Footprint: Carbon, Water and Environmental
  • ISO 14001
  • Other Standards

Module 4. LCA Methodology (Part I)

  • Introduction to SimaPro
  • LCA with SimaPro
  • Phases on an LCA
  • Phase 1. LCA goal and scope
  • Phase 2. LCA inventory analysis

Module 5. LCA Methodology (Part II)

  • Phase 3. LCA impact assessment methods
  • Phase 4. LCA interpretation


60 hours. 2 months.

  1. Polina Manakhova

    I really enjoyed the Life Cycle Assessment Course. The information was well explained and useful. I have already used the knowledge I got via this course in an essay for my studies. I found this programme extremely interesting and I would like to participate in this kind of programme again! …Thank you very much for your time and effort, I appreciate it a lot! I am looking forward to your reply.

  2. Irina Vezhenkova

    Muchísimas gracias a tí! Me encanta tu estilo de trabajo, tu puntualidad y la profundidad de conocimientos que nos das.

  3. Agustín López

    I wanted to first of all thank Irina Vezhenkova for letting me participate in the course and Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University. Congratulations to Jenny Lorena for her great work in training and correcting exercises.

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