Italy, lecce

Life cycle approaches to sustainable regional development

when 4 July 2016 - 6 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 350

The series of LCSS -Life Cycle Summer Schools - is dedicated to exploring the applicability of life cycle approaches to sustainable regional development. It seeks to integrate the usual focus of life cycle assessment and life cycle management on products from corporations into the framework of regional socio-economic development challenges and decision-making. It is useful to those seeking to work towards a regional circular economy that privileges local product and infrastructure development with suppliers and markets at the regional level, in a context of sustainable innovation. Every year the LCSS explores a topic combining selected subjects through a ‘summer school’likeinternational workshopmixing introductions, lectures, student presentations, problem-solving working groups, software courses,discussion sessions, panels, synthesis blocks and social events. A textbook resulting from the series of LCSS will be published in August 2016 by Routledge.

Course leader

Stefania Massari, Guido Sonnemann , Fritz Balkau

Target group

Master or postgraduate students as well young professionals with an engineering or natural sciences background who may already have a basic knowledge of life cycle assessment and other approaches
Master or postgraduate students as well young professionals with a management and administration background who may already have a basic knowledge on regional development
Professionals working at regional level who seek to expand their understanding of how life cycle approaches could be applied to promote sustainable regional development using life cycle approaches

The target number of participants is 30 (maximum number); the minimum number is 12.

Course aim

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize students with tools which are useful to understand and evaluate the dimensions of sustainability of a wide range of activities.

The competencies acquired during the Course will enable the students to understand not only how the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) could be used in different contexts and situations in order to face the challenges of sustainable development, but also how some other complementary tools may help organizations and public administrations to improve their performance. In particular, relying on the bases of the Life-Cycle Approach, Organisational LCA and Social LCA tools will be analyzed.

This year’s focus is how the ongoing evolution of life cycle assessment, by including social aspects in the context of life cycle sustainability assessment and its use for organisations, in a context of life cycle management, can support sustainable regional development.

Fee info

EUR 350: The registration fee is 350 EUR. It includes school participation, coffee breaks and lunches during the workshop days and one social dinner.