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Oct 04 - Nov 29, 2022
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Course Length
8 weeks
Course Fee
6.4 CEUs
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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a process to evaluate the environmental burdens associated with a product, process, or activity by identifying and quantifying energy and materials usage and environmental releases, to assess the impact of those and to evaluate and implement opportunities to effect environmental improvements.

“An important way to improve the environmental performance of industry is to quantify, treat, and reduce industrial byproducts. This objective could be achieved through industrial symbiosis or byproduct synergy, terms used for beneficial reuse of materials or energy streams from one facility by another.” 

- Elsa Olivetti, Associate Director, MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Course Overview

The course serves as a starting point for conducting a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), in accordance with the methods and policies defined by the International Standards Organization (ISO). Information surrounding a product’s life cycle is useful for making decisions about design, policy, acquisition, and corporate strategy.

Learning Outcomes
  • Learn to define the objective and scope of an LCA.
  • Collect primary data from inventories and secondary data from database.
  • Quantify the environmental impacts of products, using various impact assessment methods.
  • Interpret the results of an LCA through the prism of uncertainty.
  • Support the decisions using an LCA.

“We have people who have specialized in materials science, engineering and in economics and environment. My specific background is about trying to tie those things together, particularly engineering, economics and environmental issues.” - Jeremy Gregory, Executive Director, MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium

Who Should Attend

A wide range of professionals may benefit from this program, including: 

  • Consultants of manufacturing companies who must be aware of current sustainability policies and how to enact them within an organization.
  • Data Scientists and Engineers involved in conducting LCAs.
  • Legislative bodies implementing policies regarding sustainable manufacturing practices.
  • Companies in industries concerned with meeting or setting carbon targets, or hoping to reduce their impact on the environment.
  • Accounting firms analyzing procedure and process costs of product creation and duration.
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