Industrial stakeholder workshop on an enhanced LCA methodology

The second SUPRIM workshop was organised on the 11th December 2018 in Brussels. SUPRIM stands for SUstainable management of PRIMary raw materials through a better approach in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. It is a 3 year-funded EIT Raw Materials Project that will offer solutions and services to address impacts of resource use in sustainability assessments in the raw materials sector. Euromines is a partner in the project and was the main organiser if this 1-day event.

This industrial stakeholder workshop was a unique opportunity for the industry contributing to the discussion on LCA methodology, establishing a better agreement of the problem definition, and assisting to develop an amended LCIA method.

The workshop started with a brief introduction to the basic principles of LCA presented by Dr. Jeroen Guinée (Leiden University). The following presentation by Dr. Corina Hebestreit (Euromines) provided information on the policy instruments and legislation of relevance since 1998 on raw materials and new legislative proposals. Jan Bollen (ArcelorMittal) talked about the ArcelorMittal’s perspective on LCIA, indicators, data avilability and Product Environmental Footprint from the industry point of view. Mr. Johannes Drielsma (Euromines) provided a good overniew on resource efficiency indicators and on Euromines experience of the EU Product Environment Footprint.

Second part of the workshop was focusing on communication of SUPRIM results to industry audiences. Jo Dewullf (Ghent University) presented the reasons and objectives of SUPRIM. Dr. Lauran van Oers (Leiden University) provided comprehensive information on WP2 that is focusing on agreed problem definition and method. The issue of assembling the necessary data from two copper mines (Aitik and Cobre las Cruces) was the main focus of the WP3 presentation done by Tobias Kampmann (Luleå University of Technology). Dr. Veronika Sochorová (Euromines) was focusing on project communication and dissemination and the selected channels and tools. The following dabate with workshop participants provided a number of valuable suggestions on future communication.

For more information and presentations from the workshop please see the SUPRIM website(link is external).

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