Recycling & End of Life Modeling in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Pick the right recycling methodology for your LCA and apply it in GaBi
If a product is recycled multiple times, should the environmental impacts of mining and producing the original material be attributed to the first product? The last product? Shared across each product that uses this material? If shared, how much of the impact do you allocate to each product if you don't know how many times it will ultimately be recycled?
There are many ways to model recycling and end of life treatment of materials in LCA. Learn how the answers to these questions and others will affect your LCA results.
In this course, you will learn about most common End-of-Life allocation approaches in LCA, the trade-offs between each one and how to select which one you should use in your project. You will also learn how to implement each in an LCA model with examples provided using the GaBi Professional LCA software.
Chris Koffler is the Technical Director of thinkstep Americas. In this role he is responsible for the quality of all North American consulting projects, technical development, project oversight, and in key selected areas, such as Automotive, as primary lead.
Chris received his Doctorate degree in Engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology in 2007. His PhD work was on Automotive Product Life Cycle Assessment. He has published numerous papers in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and frequently provides his expertise in peer and critical reviews.
Chris is the current Chair of the Joint SETAC/ACLCA LCA Interest Group Steering Committee and a member of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) Board of Directors. He has represented the U.S. in the development of various LCA-related ISO standards in the past and teaches Product Life Cycle Assessment at Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). Connect with Chris on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/christoph-koffler-90496137/.