Life Cycle Network launch event
Launch of the Imperial Network of Excellence in Sustainability through Life Cycle Approaches
The official launch of the Network of Excellence in Sustainability through Life Cycle Approaches, also known as the Imperial Life Cycle Network, took place on Wednesday 8th May at Imperial College London.
Researchers across various Imperial departments apply life cycle thinking and life cycle approaches to their research activities. Until now there has been limited visibility of the life cycle expertise at Imperial College London, as well as a lack of networking and awareness between Imperial colleagues using the same approach and methodologies. The Life Cycle Network was therefore established to bring together and connect life cycle-related research and researchers across the college, as well as to provide links to experts from other universities, alongside private and government sectors.
"The Imperial Networks of Excellence establish and grow connections around important multidisciplinary areas by bringing together experts from different Imperial faculties. At this event, it was delightful to see how the external stakeholders in attendance, from industry to other UK and European colleagues, value the Imperial Sustainability of Life Cycle Approaches Network initiative and how much interest it has attracted thus far.” - Imperial College’s Network Development Manager, Dr Sara Lamas Marques"
Official Launch Event
The official launch of the Network saw interest from over 100 people and provided an afternoon of sharing life cycle knowledge and networking between those active in the life cycle field in the UK and beyond. Prof. Nick Jennings, Imperial’s Vice Provost (Research and Enterprise), opened the launch event by stressing the importance of holistic, systems-wide thinking in sustainability.
Life cycle approaches
The multi-disciplinary nature of the life cycle field is evident by its application in a range of Imperial departments. The Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP), Chemical Engineering, including its Sustainable Gas Institute, as well as the Energy Futures Lab and the department of Earth Science and Engineering all presented on their use of life cycle approaches.
- View the presentation from the Centre for Environmental Policy
- View the presentation from the Department of Chemical Engineering
- View the presentation from the Sustainable Gas Institute
Whilst external Network members from the University of Surrey and UCL further confirmed the importance of life cycle-related research within academia, external speakers from government (Department for Transport), industry (Tata Steel Europe) and consulting (ERM) also demonstrated the importance of the life cycle approach in their respective sectors. Leading LCA software providers PRé Sustainability/SimaPro UK and thinkstep were also represented at the event.
- View the presentation from the University of Surrey
- View the presentation from University College London
- View the presentation from ERM
A panel discussion on ‘Sustainability through Life Cycle Approaches’ debated on how life cycle approaches can support the road towards the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and a Circular Economy, and touched upon current gaps and limitations within the life cycle field.
Keynote talk & close
Philip Strothmann, co-founder and CFOO of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation, gave the keynote talk, providing an overview of developments in the life cycle field and sharing experiences of fostering a life cycle network.
CEP’s Deputy Head of Department, Dr. Jeremy Woods, closed the event by confirming the Network’s mandate to not just exist, but to expand and lead the way in creating a UK-wide life cycle community.
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