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International conference: gathering Life Cycle experts in Luxembourg

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Published on Friday, 15 September 2017

The 8th International Conference on Life Cycle Management (LCM) took place from 3 to 6 September 2017 at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg. The three-day conference was organised by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and co-organised by the University of Luxembourg and ArcelorMittal.

The event brought together about 720 life cycle experts from more than 40 countries from research, industry, NGOs and public bodies to discuss and advance the implementation of Life Cycle approaches along the businesses' value chain. Among the keynote speakers were Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's Minister for the Environment, Bertrand Picard, from the solar-powered aircraft project Solar Impulse, and Brian Aranha, Executive vice president of ArcelorMittal.

From left to right: Kilian Gericke (LCM2017 Co-chair, University of Luxembourg), Lucien Hoffmann (Director ERIN department, LIST), Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Grand-Duke Henri, François Bausch (Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure), Enrico Benetto (LCM2017 Chair, LIST), Jan Bollen (LCM2017 Co-chair, ArcelorMittal Europe). © LIST

 

The title of this year’s event was "Designing sustainable technologies, products and policies: from science to innovation". The conference focused on practical solutions for the implementation of life cycle approaches into strategic and operational decision-making. Speakers discussed a broad variety of topics ranging from bio-based materials within the circular economy and sustainable design of complex systems to efficient data exchange along the value chain.

"Life Cycle Management is a means to improve the sustainability of our society. It addresses ecological, economic and social impacts of our decisions and of our behaviour. During this conference, decision makers from industry, policy makers and researchers came together to exchange new insights and share their experiences on strategies, actions and research results that are aimed to improve our lives," said Dr Kilian Gericke from the University of Luxembourg, one of the co-chairs of the conference. "The topic is important for Luxembourg, as negative consequences of unsustainable practices affect politics, business and each citizen. Strategies such as circular economy and their implications have been discussed."