The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 577–583 | Cite as

The challenge of creating social and technological innovation through system-thinking

December 10–12, 2008, Tokyo, Japan
  • Kenichi NakajimaEmail author
  • Yasunari Matsuno


The Eighth International Conference on EcoBalance (8th ICEB), held December 10–12, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan, was sponsored by the Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan, co-sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Life Cycle Assessment Society of Japan and Eco-Products 2008.

The 8th ICEB attracted 406 attendees, with participants representing researchers, academia, industrial professionals, and consultants. The 131 foreign participants came from 29 countries, the largest delegation, consisting of 12 people, each, from Korea and Taiwan and smaller delegations from Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Thailand, USA, UK, Malaysia, Switzerland, Australia, France, India, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, and Turkey.

The International Conference on EcoBalance has been held biannually since 1994, playing a central role as a global forum for...


Life Cycle Assessment Carbon Footprint Social Life Cycle Assessment Material Flow Analysis Life Cycle Thinking 
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We are grateful to the members of the 8th ICEB program committee, Atsushi Inaba, Yuki Kudoh, Shinsuke Murakami, Kiyotada Hayashi, Minako Hara, Michiyasu Nakajima, Keisuke Nansai, Kazuyo Matsubae-Yokoyama, and Yasushi Kondo for their helpful comments, although we alone are responsible for any errors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)TsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Materials Engineering, Graduate School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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