Advanced LCA – consequential modelling, EIO LCA, iLUC, and Social LCA

Monday, June 22, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015
Aalborg University, Skibbrogade 5, 9000 Aalborg
Course Subject: 


The course is organized by the Doctoral School of Engineering And Science, Aalborg University and Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA), in collaboration with the International Life Cycle Academy (ILCA)



The course begins with an introduction to advanced inventory modelling using the techniques of consequential LCA and input-output (IO) LCA. The students will apply algorithms for performing consequential LCA in the definition of functional unit, consumption mix, and identification of determining and dependent co-products. Then, the students will use IO LCA to create inventories combining monetary and biophysical flows, and learn how to this technique is applicable to a range of purposes from mass-flow analysis to life cycle costing. The course will continue by bringing the above mentioned theories further into practice on two specific cases: modelling of indirect Land Use Changes (iLUC) and socio-economic impacts. The course targets the development of advanced competences in LCA by applying the problem based-learning (PBL) teaching method. The course aims at strengthening skills in life cycle inventory analysis. Following the PBL model that focuses on learning by doing and reflection, the course activities will include intensive group work, problem defining and solving applied to real-word cases, practical exercises, and discussion sessions. The course includes five days of full-time activities (09:00-16:00). When including readings and group work assignments, the total course workload corresponds to 5 ECTS (1 ETCS = 25 hours of work for the student). Optionally, participants can choose to write a paper based on their PhD project and combining the know-how developed during the course, and receive professional guidance from the course lecturers, based on distance supervision. The submission of the paper will have deadline 6 weeks after the last day of the course. Choosing this option will correspond to obtaining additional 3 ECTS.

ILCA Approved: 
ILCA Approved
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Course Outline (Lectures and Exercises on): 


Day 1-2: Consequential modelling in life cycle inventory (BW, JS, SL, MP)

Day 3: Input-output modelling: the basics, hybrid LCA, IO-based mass flow analysis (BW, JC, SL, MP)

Day 4: Modelling of indirect land use change (BW, JS, SL, MP)

Day 5: Social LCA (BW, SL)


Academic Recognition: 
5 ECTS (+3 ECTS with the paper writing option)
Participant Prerequisites: 
Registration deadline: 1 June, 2015
Teaching Staff: 


Bo Weidema (BW), Professor

Jannick Schmidt (JS), Associate Professor

Søren Løkke (SL), Associate professor

Massimo Pizzol (MP), Associate professor


Registration and info

Please contact the course organizer Massimo Pizzol, email:

Course Type: 
PhD Course




15.000 DKK (2.000 EUR)
Non Danish: 3.000 DKK (400 EUR); Danish*: 1.125 DKK (150 EUR)
Accommodation, breakfast, and dinner are not included. Social dinner Monday is included. * Due to a treaty among Danish universities, there is no admission fee for PhD students affiliated to a Danish institution– only course material and meals supplied during the course are charged. Price incl. paper writing 5+3 ECTS is: Professionals: 22.500 DKK (3.000 EUR); Student, Non Danish: 4.500 (600 EUR); Student, Danish1.125 DKK (150 EUR).
Contact Person: 
Massimo Pizzol