AMT Seminar:Life Cycle Engineering for absolute sustainability

29 January 2020 10:00 - Location: LECTURE ROOM C, FACULTY OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, KLUYVERWEG 1, DELFT | Add to my calendar

Seminar Series in Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies

Dear colleagues,

In the seminar series in aerospace manufacturing technologies, we are presenting invited speakers with selected topics in the field of novel manufacturing technologies. The  upcoming seminar talk will be given by Michael Zwicky Hauschild who is professor in quantitative assessment of sustainability at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Life Cycle Engineering for absolute sustainability

Abstract: Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) was introduced as a concept more than 25 years ago in order to address emerging concerns about environmental sustainability in engineering. A number of methods and tools have been introduced to operationalise the LCE concept, but since then, the scope of sustainability has broadened, and as a result, LCE has evolved in parallel with other disciplines with similar aims. Currently, in addition to LCE, there exist a number of concepts such as Industrial Ecology, Cleaner Production, Life Cycle Management (LCM), Industrial Symbiosis, and Circular Economy. As a result, orientation becomes challenging and a framework to integrate them is required. The presentation aims to introduce an integrated framework for LCE defining the concept and its boundaries, and it argues for the need to reorientate LCE towards the environmental dimension of sustainability. Through an integrated top-down and bottom-up approach, the framework establishes a relationship between LCE and the other concepts and positions them relative to the boundaries for absolute environmental sustainability.

 Michael Z. Hauschild is professor in quantitative assessment of sustainability at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and has worked on the development of methods for sustainability assessment of products and technologies for more than 25 years. He has an extensive experience in the development of metrics and indicators for sustainability, and served as chair on consecutive working groups under UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative developing the recommended scientific consensus model USEtox ( for assessment of chemical impacts on health and environment. He has acted as a consultant to the European Commission, creating the groundwork for the ILCD Methodology, which is the Commission’s standard methodology for life cycle assessment of products and systems and in 2018 he received the SETAC Europe Edana Award for lifetime achievement in Life Cycle Assessment. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer reviewed scientific publications and a leading textbook on Life Cycle Assessment, and at DTU he leads the Quantitative Sustainability Assessment research group (25 researchers) in the Department of Technology, Management and Economics.

More information about Michael Z. Hauschild here

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