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A significant number of contributions are already submitted. Many thanks to all the authors!
Following numerous requests, the organizing committee decided to extend the deadline to submit contributions until April 1st, 2016.


We are delighted to invite all interested businesses, academia, institutions and NGOs, to submit their contribution for the [avniR] Conference 2016.

The Organizing Committee evaluated more than 50 sessions and the below proposals are selected. We encourage you to submit your contribution to the most appropriate session in the list.

Please submit your abstract of max 500 words to one of the conference sessions.

Please provide your contribution in English (and French for the francophones), and uploaded on avniR conftool web platform latest by the 1st April, to be reviewed by the organizational and scientific committees.


Abstracts will be reviewed by session chairs, and members of the Industrial and Scientific Committee.

In addition, we encourage all contributors to submit an article of 2 to max 4 pages (click here for the template). Although the oral/poster presentation will be selected based on abstracts, proved articles will be published in the [avniR] proceedings edition 4.

Please note that, the deadline to submit the abstract is the 1st of April.

In order to facilitate the submission of full papers, the deadline to submit the full article is extended to the 27th of May. Please note that the full paper submission will not condition the acceptance or rejection for oral presentation.











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European Product Environmental Footprint: benefits and challenges for business
Key words: PEF; Pilot phase; Benefits; Challenges

European Product Environmental Footprint: benefits and challenges for business
More than 280 volunteering stakeholders are engaged since 2013 to test the European Commission Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach. The aim is to understand the real potential of the methods before proposing new policies.
As the pilot phase reach the final phases, the businesses are asking more and more the benefits and consequences of application of such an approach?
This session aims to provide experiences and lessons learned by PEF pilot phase and further discuss the challenges with the participants.


Beyond the numbers, how to unlock opportunities and value of corporate footprinting

Laurence HAMON, QUANTIS, France; Dimitri CAUDRELIER, QUANTIS, France 

Key words: Corporate footprint; LCA; Sustainability reporting; Sustainability strategy 

For many companies, more than 80 % of their impacts (typical GHG emissions) occur outside of their own operations (1). However, until recently, the major focus in organisation footprinting has been done on direct (Scope 1) or related to energy consumption (Scope 2 and similar) emissions. Most of companies and organisations have not yet engaged actions within their supply chain, upstream as well as downstream, to identify, measure and reduce the impacts occurring outside their own financial or operational boundaries.
However, a corporate footprint based life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology actually serves as a compass for identifying the most important directions and actions for companies' sustainability efforts. Moreover, a corporate footprint delivers a map of hotspots so that resource allocation decisions are based on facts, not assumptions. And ultimately, a robust organizational footprint helps setting meaningful and achievable goals.
The aim of the session proposed would be for companies to learn from front-runners actors on that topic. Strategic questions for the organisation on how to conduct an efficient and useful corporate footprint will be assessed: What will it measure? What standard or guideline should be followed and/or reported to? What methodology and tools should be chosen? Which database is appropriate? What knowledge or expertise will ensure the quality of the results? Furthermore, lessons from leaders will demonstrate how footprinting data and results can inform other parts of a sustainability work and how to make that happen.
To make it dynamic, lively and interactive for the companies, companies that succeeded in this action may present case studies; They could include powerful results as well as complexity they may have faced during the process.




How can LCA be used for accompanying innovation processes all along the TRL scale

Tangi SENECHAL, Materia Nova, Belgium; Olivier TALON, Materia Nova, Belgium

Key words: TRL; Eco-design; Innovation; decision-tool; R&D project

LCA may be used as a tool within R&D projects and innovation processes in order to evaluate the potential environmental benefits of the expected outcomes of the process. However, innovation projects are by nature undefined objects, whereas LCA is more designed to assess well-defined systems. The aim of this session is to explore how the LCA tools and methodologies can be used, with graduated efforts and different expectations, as a decision-helping tool in innovation processes, from their inception up to high TRLs. Case studies representative of the whole TRL scale would be welcome.


Communication and Collaboration as essential elements for accelerating the uptake of Life Cycle Information

Philip STROTHMANN, FSLCI; Jodie BRICOUT, cd2e; Guido SONNEMANN, University of Bordeaux; Jim FAVA, thinkstep

Key words: Communication; Collaboration; Community; LCM; Mainstreaming; Sustainability

Over the past two decades, the life cycle community has made significant progress in achieving methodological improvements and building capacity to conduct life cycle assessment studies and generating life cycle data sets. Life Cycle Management (LCM) has also been growing to focus on policy and use of life cycle information. However, LCM is still not applied on a large enough scale to affect significant change. One challenge that will need to be overcome is the lack of visibility and reach of the Life Cycle Community beyond the users of life cycle information.
To achieve this objective, two major issues for accelerating the uptake of life cycle information need to be addressed that are intrinsically linked: collaboration and communication. In order to radically increase the take up of Life Cycle based approaches in business and government, life cycle professionals should enhance global collaboration among themselves, and with users of life cycle information, as well as with others and communicate to a wider set of stakeholders. Beyond enhancing collaboration, focusing on how to translate life cycle information into easily understandable language and visual materials in order to easier communicate around life cycle approaches and information is another important element.
The sessions' submissions are thus expected to focus on concrete examples of how the life cycle community can enhance its coordination and collaboration efforts and how life cycle thinking can be better or has already successfully been communicated towards non-scientific stakeholders. To this end the session would provide valuable input to the follow-up workshops on the communication roadmap of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI).


Business Transition, from Life Cycle Activities to Shared Value Creation

Stéphane MOREL, Renault, France


Key words: Life Cycle; Transition; Shared Value; Business Model

This session is a follow up of 2013 [avniR] conference collaborative session on "Actions collectives d'intégration de l'ACV " and LCM 2015 "Global partnerships and collective action to implement LCM". The next step is to go toward shared value creation.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool to evaluate the environmental performance of product and services. One major trend in our society is collective actions (sharing economy, coopetition, circular economy, service economy). How to turn LCA into a business approach that goes beyond short-term success and aims at transforming organizations (Morel 2014) and create long-term value creation(Porter & Kramer 2011). If companies understand how to manage internal KPI (eg carbon footprint), this is not the end of the road. Leading organization nowadays evolve towards a Pluralistic and Integral (Laloux 2014) maturity. They face difficulties to integrate the necessary and new actors in their day to day work and assess the value that stakeholders (supplier, customer, NGO) possess.
This session invite speakers to discuss the role of life cycle (environmental, social, cost) assessment and how to carry those studies, especially in an innovative context. We will also discuss the shared value creation when academics, NGO or business integrate each other to enhance more credibility, lower study cost, increase and share knowledge.


Communication, a key element to integrate and highlight LCA

Hélène TEULON, Gingko 21
Keywords: Communication; Strategy; LCA; Responsibility; Transparency; Visualization


Many LCA studies are carried out in various fields. They allow to collect relevant and strategic information for companies, public authorities but also consumers, NGOs, researchers ...
If those results are communicated clearly and effectively, they can be helpful for raising awareness and empowerment.
But how communicate effectively? How to make relevant, comparable and understandable LCA results? Which type of communication focus on in BtoB or BtoC?
The session aims to show some initiatives in this area. Speakers will be invited to highlight the key elements for effective communicate and mistakes to avoid.




The criticality of resources, material trading costs and environmental externalities, which one matters the most in decision making?

Guido SONNEMANN, Université de Bordeaux, France; Stéphane MOREL, Renault; Naeem ADIBI, [avniR] by cd2e, France

For an industrial company, the resource and material consumption is still a major cost. Therefore, question raise, such as how much does material purchasing cost per year? How much per product? What is the forecast for the next 5 years?
Although the environmental impacts of resources are covered by LCA, they are not used widely in environmental externalities assessments.
Furthermore, assessing direct impacts from the use of resources has been a point of discussion within the LCM community for long time. Most LCIA methods for resource assessment are based on the geological availability and address the long-term perspective of resource scarcity. However, the limit to accessibility of critical resources due to geopolitical and other socio-economic factors is not yet fully implemented in LCA.
Some new potential impact methodologies to assess material footprint are proposed. These methods go beyond stock evaluation and introduced some market assumption.
This session invite speakers to present these approaches and to discuss how these approaches can be coupled, aggregated or not. Do they cover the same risk management? How companies may use them for decision making? When the indicators are sat up, are they useful to leverage the material cost?


LCM implementation in SMEs: from maturity assessment to environmental and economic performance
Llorenç MILA I CANALS, UNEP; Aubin ROY, [avniR] by Cd2e

Key words: SME; LCM; Maturity; Environmental & Economic performance

How LCM can be implemented widely by SMEs? Using maturity assessment? Regional network? Transnational experimentation? ... How those innovative approaches contribute to environmental and economic performance?
This session will on one hand, engage SMEs by presenting their feedbacks on the integration of LCM (businesses will be included as speakers) and on the other hand organisations (e.g. cluster, institutions, ...) which support this implementation (presenting approaches/methodologies).
The outputs of this session will be guidelines in order to foster the use of LCM in SMEs and also help organisations to develop program on this strategic theme.


LCA and new economic models, from value chain to the integrated value

Romain DEMISSY, ATEMIS (Laboratoire d'Intervention Recherche) et Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7); Christian DU TERTRE, ATEMIS (Laboratoire d'Intervention Recherche) et Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7); Xavier WEPPE, IAE Lille ; Anne DIETRICH, IAE Lille ; Sébastien BOUCQ, Strategreen

Keywords: Performance economy; Cooperation; LCA; Life Cycle Thinking; Territory

The aim of this session is to debate the links and the contradictions of the LCA tool, the life cycle management/thinking and new business models, from the conceptual and practical point of view.
The session will focus on the performance economy and cooperation as experienced by SMEs since 2010 in Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, north of France. Based on feedbacks, experiments and academic contributions, the session also aims to discuss the respective conceptual frameworks of the performance economy, collaboration and the life cycle management/thinking.
The main question is how this new economic model improve the social and environmental impacts simultaneously with the production of value and economic development. How these new economic models are addressed in LCA and life cycle management/thinking?
The change introduced by the organizations involved in this model, creates opportunities but also challenges and transformations in work. How are these changes addressed in the LCA or thought life cycle?
Another point is how the organizations involved in these approaches (LCA and new economic models) deal with the implied changes. This session is an opportunity to discuss the research issues based on ongoing experiments. The performance economy offers a comprehensive approach involving different types of organizations even those beyond the value chain. Therefore, the performance economy opens up new fields of research on territorial development and local development policies. The session is a real opportunity to dialogue recent theoretical debates on territorial LCA and the territorial aspects of new economic models.



FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL: how the environment becomes a differentiation factor for businesses?

Key words: Food industry; Food; Drinks; Seafood; Life Cycle Inventor; Life Cycle Thinking; LCA; Environmental labeling

Climate change, population growth, strengthening of regulatory requirements related to environmental protection, customers high-demand for transparency ... The food industry are pressured to provide food, transparency, at the same time optimize the use of their resources, minimize the environmental impact while maintaining economic competitiveness for sustainable growth. Many initiatives exist and new solutions are developed to meet those challenges!
This session aims to present how to improve environmental-care through data collection and new collaborations in the food industry.

BUILDING: Sustainable construction, is it just a matter of energy use?

The construction industry is one of leading sectors in LCA. Despite the efforts, part of construction actors limit the sustainability of the buildings to the energy consumption during the use phase.
The aim of this session is to highlight the importance of a sustainable life cycle based approach. Also to discuss the existing methods and their applicability for the companies including the SMEs.


INTERNET OF THINGS: how they contribute to sustainable production and consumption patterns?

The field of the Internet of Things is an emerging sector which is rapidly changing our practices of production and consumption. Is it always good for the environment?
While the Internet of Things is a broad concept that aims to connect any everyday object invisibly, this raises several questions at different levels:
• In the connected objects, how the electronic components that compose it will be recycled ?
• In terms of data hosting centers, which is effective management?
• At another level, how connected objects can help to established a more environmentally friendly production and consumption?

TEXTILE: Management of the life cycle in the textile sector


Societal and environmental challenges have become indispensable in the textile sector. This session will bring together stakeholders of companies and researchers in the field of textiles and clothing to discuss current practices. The objective is to define how the life cycle thinking is integrated in companies, what are its advantages and limitations.

CHEMICAL: Life Cycle Assessment of chemical processes and technologies


Sophie DUQUESNE, ENSCL, France; Adisa AZAPAGIC, University of Manchester, UK; Richard DARTON, University of Oxford, UK; Henk VAN DEN BERG, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Key words: Sustainable process design; Renewable resources; Waste management

Industry in general, and the chemical sector in particular, are facing a range of sustainability challenges. One of these is development of new technologies that minimise environmental impacts on a life cycle basis, from ‘cradle to grave'. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a useful tool that can assist the industry and other stakeholders in quantifying the impacts and identifying improvement opportunities.
Therefore, the objective of this Symposium, co-organised by the EFCE Sustainability Section and the Working Group on life-cycle and recycling of materials of SFGP, is to discuss how LCA can help with the development of more sustainable chemical technologies, within the context of circular economy, small-scale decentralised production (process intensification) and the targets for increasing the use of renewable feedstocks.
Abstract are invited in the following areas:
• LCA as a tool for sustainable process design
• LCA of industrial processes based on renewable resources
• LCA of technologies for waste utilization
• LCA and process modelling
• Integrating LCA into process scale-up
The event is expected to bring together the chemical industry and researchers to discuss how LCA can be used as a decision-support tool for development of sustainable technologies.


End of life and Recycling: How to consider End of Life as an enlightened design choice?

Different solutions of managing the end of life influence greatly the design phase of the products. As one of the most appreciated solutions, the recyclability is more and more an environmental indicator which is very often used and communicated by many companies.
Integrating End of life and more specifically the relevant recycling and recyclability criteria (materials, geographical scope, complexity ...) during the design phase is often a very challenging step for companies. i.e. based on current and upcoming recycling processes, regulations and networks -
The session is an opportunity for companies from different sectors to present and learn on how to consider End of Life, and more specifically the recycling as a design criteria.




Bridging the gap between theory and practice to develop a Circular Economy

Deborah ANDREW, London South Bank University, UK; Issa CHAER, London South Bank University, United Kingdom; Matthijs PRINS, Technical University Delft, the Netherlands; Ellen VAN BUEREN, TU Delft

Keywords: Circular Economy; Real world experience

The session fits the following themes: LCM and its relevance for new economic models (e.g. circular economy, performance economy, etc.) and Eco-innovation for complex products, services or systems. It will consider and compare hypothetical / academic and real world case studies related to developing a Circular Economy - experience from industry, academics, policy makers to explore the challenges and successes to date. The case studies should include aspects of environmental, social LCA, Life cycle costing and economics and behaviour.



SCORE LCA: Bridging the gap between research and practice


Key words: Collaboration; Research; Practice; LCA

SCORE LCA is a collaborative research organization dedicated to Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and environmental quantification.
The main objectives are to develop LCA practices, to communicate their progress and to answer current and future needs of companies in a more effective and efficient way.
In that way, the research topics are defined and selected directly by members according to their real needs.
Each project is time-bounded and provides practical results with recommendations for better implementation of LCA methodology, approved by all members. This aspect is an argument towards decision makers to use these more credible and relevant recommendations.
The objectives of this session are:
- To present and share SCORE LCA research with the LCA community and particularly case studies of its members
- To show through the results that collaboration can be a success and can contribute to LCA community.
- To expand presentations to external studies on the same themes (improve LCA practice for businesses)

The session will integer 3 or 4 presentations, selected from the results of the SCORE LCA research studies and among open applications. These presentations will explain, for each subject, the results of the study and then develop a feedback on the use of these results by members of SCORE LCA.
Other propositions outside the scope of SCORE LCA concerning collaboration and the link between research and practice will be welcomed.
The SCORE LCA topics are those addressed in 2015: (to be confirmed)
- Input of multicriteria analysis in LCA decision process.
The different methods of Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis are described. The aim is to help practitioner to choose a multicriteria analysis method to apply in LCA studies. A case study has been conducted with SCORE LCA members to illustrate the way they can use it.
- "Time" dimension in LCA
The consideration of time dimension in LCA is becoming more and more important but meets with some difficulties in practice. This study details what are the time aspects to take into account in an LCA and gives recommandations on the methods to apply according to the objectives of the study.
- Forces and implementation of a coupling between GIS and LCA
This study explains the principle of GIS systems and the way they can be coupled to an LCI or LCA to improve the quality and the results of a study. It is illustrated by examples that allow practitioner to understand the workload and the competences to set up.


New methods for Life Cycle sustainability assessement and management

Key words: LCA; Major developments; Additional methods

The session aims to address recent and major developments of LCA methods. Some of emerging issues related to LCA like territorial LCA, organisational LCA, planetary boundaries, social LCA, monetarisation, hotspots analysis, impact assessment methods, attributional and consequential LCA as well as applications of different additional methods such as Input-Output and MFA will be discussed.

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