[avniR] Conference sessions!

November 6 & 7, 2019

LCA and new Business models

What are the new business models and how do they integrate LCA? (Social and Solidarity Economy, Product Service System, symbiotic economy, regenerative society, global economy to local economy, systemic approach, integration of resilience, etc.)

The session aims to present feedback on the implementation of new business models in conjunction with LCA (comparative, consequential, hybrid, etc.)  And/or take a look around the environmental approaches of the development of these new business models.

Life Cycle Analysis is illustrated as a tool for decision-making, both from a business perspective and a policy level. How public policies take decisions which integrate environmental issues with social and economic problematics? (Ex: public order, urban planning and mobility policy).

What is the role of environmental tools and indicators, which can help in ecological decision-making for a territory? (Ex: carbon quotas, monetarization of impacts, hybrid LCA approach, circularity indicator, etc.)

The environmental impacts linked to mobility can be seen at different scales such as: technical design of the vehicle, territorial scale or national scale. Life cycle analysis allows the implementation optimized procedures at different levels.

The objective of this session is to challenge the evolution of business models in the field of mobility. For example, is it better to move or to make an order online? (Pedestrian drive, truck with instructions, etc.).

Ecological marketing: strategic position and communication 

The purpose of the environmental labeling is to make sustainability more tangible. Where are we today?

The session aims to show feedback concerning the environmental labeling (PEF/OEF experiments) and to exchange around the perceptions of these issues on the side of institutions, companies, associations and consumers.

Reconcile attractive features with environmental characteristics along with suitable and relevant communication tools isn’t always easy. So, how to transcribe all  provided efforts during the realization of an eco-design product? How to translate quantitative results, numbers and metrics into engaging communication? Do new collaborative and independent tools (such as Clothparency, OpenFoodFact, Yuka, Scan Up, etc.) play a role in highlighting the advantages of eco-designed approach?

The session aims to present examples of engaging communications that promote consumer awareness for more sustainable practices.

Sustainable innovation by sector

Does the assessement of the environmental impact (thanks to the LCA) of innovative materials, such as organic sourced, biodegradable materials and innovative applications on materials (ex:  OLED, linen bottle, etc.) make it easier to choose?
How Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) helps to implement eco-design approaches for a product?
This session aims to show how Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can be used to support the development of innovative materials.

With the next ban on single-use plastic objects, the issue of eco-design for packaging is now emerging.
This session aims to study which kind of packaging have the lowest environmental impacts (recyclable packaging, biodegradable, organically sourced, returnable transport packaging, bulk purchase, etc.).

What is the impact of the digital era in the energy transition (data consumption, Social networks, ecodesign, …)? What are the the pros and cons of dematerialization (Green It, blockchain, cryptocurrency, IoT, Big data, RFID chip, etc.)?

This session aims to broach the building’s environmental footprint with contributions based on the E + / C- experiments launched in 2016, the French EPF, the INIES database, BIM process, renovation technologies, smart buildings, the RT 2020 standard, the recovery  of building wastes, etc.

This session aims to broach innovative renewable energy productions and new energy storage solutions (solar photovoltaic panels, onshore and offshore wind turbines, dams, solar furnaces, heat recovery, wave power, decentralization and self-consumption, etc.). From the installation to the end of life of these new processes, in order to draw up the interests and the limits from an environmental point of view.

This session is also open to research and innovation projects of now under development.

This session will discuss methodologies and Life Cycle Thinking within the textile industry. The environmental footprint of textiles for clothing, technical textiles and single use textiles can be tackled (event carpet, disposable fitted sheet  in hotels, etc.).


The purpose of this session is to invite researchers, farm representatives and agribusinesses to discuss about environmental assessment methodologies and case studies related to:
– New agricultural models (organic farming, sustainable agriculture, above-ground agriculture, urban agriculture, etc.);
– New food products called “smart food”.

Whether consumed, discarded or manufactured, drugs are released into the environment and have significant impacts, particularly 0n the aquatic environment and marine biodiversity.

How to evaluate their environmental impacts and take them into account in the Life Cycle Assessment? Is there a difference between generic and brand name medicines in terms of impact? How to move towards “green”
medicines? What are the measures currently being taken by pharmaceutical companies, medical plans and policy decision-makers to limit environmental impacts?

New technologies (3D laser printing, textile inkjet printing, enzyme recycling, printed solar panels, etc.) are upsetting our production and consumption patterns. Sometimes more efficient and allowing the realization of technological achievements ?
This session aims to show how Life Cycle Thinking can be used to support the development of innovative processes.

In France, sediments from dredging represent 50 million m3 per year for the ports and 6 million m3 for the fluvial network, but their treatment and recovery are confronted with new regulatory requirements and societal expectations.
The purpose of this session is threefold:
– Exchange on the possibilities of development and promotion of fluvial transport by creating new recycling sector, in order to move towards a virtuous circle of sediment management in a sustainable way.
– See how to integrate LCA directly into research projects before a full-scale development
– In the Circular Economy loop, sediments: new natural resources for industry and construction.

New methods and approaches around Life Cycle Thinking

How to manage the exploitation of natural resources and their associated environmental impacts? The purpose of this session is to question how Life Cycle Thinking and its tools can help managing biotic and abiotic resources.

Indicators of resources, circularity of resources, planetary boundaries, … : What parameters should be included or promoted?

This session aims to present and discuss indicators related to biodiversity assessment in LCA.

The objective of this session is to share the specific limitations of each LCA method including categories dedicated to the evaluation of toxicity (human or for ecosystems). And offer improvements to explore or research works under development.

Can the circular economy be standardized?

This is the challenge made by the AFNOR Circular Economy Committee, which suggests since october 2018 an experimental standard XP X30-901:  Circular economy project management system – Requirements and guidelines for companies. In addition to this global approach, several pillars of the circular economy have a specific standard, such as ecodesign, through the French standard X30-264: Environmental management – Support for the implementation of an ecodesign approach.
Thus, this session aims to give some feedbacks of these standards and to offer a critique on the environmental impacts of these standards.

Sustainable production

Since its update in 2015, the environmental management standard (NF EN ISO 14001) includes the concept of Life Cycle in assessing the environmental aspects of the company’s activities, products and services.
Thus, this session will broach the defined strategies and the procedures applied through the testimonies of the integration of life cycle approach in companies.

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