The integration of energy scenarios into LCA: LCM2017 Conference Workshop, Luxembourg, September 5, 2017
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The Life Cycle Management Conference, held in Luxembourg from the 3rd to the 6th of September 2017, was the opportunity for LCA practitioners to sit and discuss the integration of external models in prospective LCA models. The workshop organizers feel that as a growing LCA subdiscipline, prospective LCA lacks a shared foundation in terms of methods, data, best practices, and software solutions.
For practitioners, this workshop was organized as a first step to introduce their research, identify overlaps, pinpoint further needs, and discuss the near future of prospective LCA. The focus was placed on the use of energy scenarios in prospective LCA due to the important role of energy in the environmental profile of many products. For this reason, most of the examples are related to energy system models and energy scenarios. However, this approach is applicable to any sector likely to face changes in the future, such as transportation, agriculture, or mining.
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The authors thank the organizers of the LCM2017 conference, specifically Enrico Benetto and Mélanie Guiton, for the support in arranging the workshop. We also extend our thanks to Chris Mutel for constructive comments on an early version of the text.
Laurent Vandepaer is grateful for the financial support of the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), of Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI) through the WBI-World Excellence Scholarship, and of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through the Discovery Grants Program. This research was supported by the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER) “Heat and Electricity Storage” (HaE) and “Supply of Electricity” (SoE), funded by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI).
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