Training Tools

The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative is pleased to provide the life cycle community worldwide with a series of training materials which focus on life cycle management and some specific tools such as (environmental) life cycle assessment. The materials produced include, where possible, handbooks for trainers and examples on what and how to implement a life cycle approach. They were produced by internationally acknowledged educational organizations.

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LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) Training Kit Material
Primary authors: Reinout Heijungs & Helias Udo de Haes of CML, Leiden University, the Netherlands
Secondary authors: Philip White & Jay Golden, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

This training kit presents the central messages of Life Cycle Assessment in a format accessible to life cycle experts and practitioners. The training kit explains LCA under four topics ( 372 slides): (1) Introduction to LCA and its relation with environmental decision support; (2) Overview of LCA; (3) In-depth presentation of the main issues in LCA; (4) Specialization modules for selected topics. A list of resources is also available such as a complete example of LCA kindly provided by our Mexican partners.

The Life Cycle Management Navigator for SMEs
Authors: UNEP DTIE & UNEP/ Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

The Life Cycle Management Navigator is an online capacity building guide and decision support tool specifically designed for decision-makers in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) worldwide. The support tool consists of 8 modules which assist business decision makers to gain an understanding of the appropriate selection, adoption and use of the most important Life Cycle Management tools, and conclude the development of an action plan in their companies.

Environmental LCA of Products and Services - Training Kit Material
Authors: Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services (CIRAIG) - Canada

The training kit material for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Services is a training tool including a self assessment, and is composed of two parts: Environmental LCA for Products and Environmental LCA for Services. The Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services, in line with its mission to contribute to the improvement of capabilities in Non OECD Countries, has agreed to make this training tool available for individuals from Non OECD Countries. To obtain the details on how to access this tool, please follow the link.

LCM (Life Cycle Management) Training kit material
Authors: Jennifer Cooper, Josh Hendry, Chris Peterson and James Fava of Five Winds International, Greg Schiefer of SETAC North America, Sonia Valdivia & Guido Sonnemann of UNEP, Allan Astrup Jensen of FORCE Technology, Paolo Frankl of Ecobilancio

The LCM Training kit is based on the work of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative task forces on Life Cycle Management. Life Cycle Management aims to minimize the environmental and socio-economic burdens associated with product or product portfolio throughout its entire life cycle and value chain. This training kit consists of 4 parts and more than 700 slides (from an introduction, through how to use LCM and to communicate on benefits, to the presentation of stakeholders expectations). It also illustrates how businesses are putting life cycle thinking into practice.

Life Cycle Management: a bridge to more sustainable products.
UNEP/ SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.
Authors: Allan Astrup Jensen, Arne Remmen, Anne Landfield, Kim Christiansen, Kun Mo Lee, Tom Swarr, Paolo Frankl, Michael Kundt, Burcu Tuncer, Gerald Rebitzer, Robert Ackermann.

In 81 slides, this tool provides an introduction to sustainability and life cycle thinking before explaining life cycle management in several steps: integrated management systems and tools, life cycle based design and product development, communication of life cycle information, stakeholder relationships, economic aspects in LCM, and process LCM. It also provides examples of applications of these aspects in life cycle management.