From the 12th to the 15th of June

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The VII International Conference on Life Cycle Analysis in Latin America (CILCA for its initials in Spanish), is an international forum to share experiences about life cycle thinking where methodological tools are involved with Life Cycle Analysis (ACV for its initials in Spanish); it’s highly recognized on an international level and applied for different activities concerning sustainability such as carbon footprint, water footprint, Eco design, Green marketing, sustainable purchases and environmental product declarations, among others.

CILCA is a biannual event which takes place in different Latin American countries and gathers experts and interested people around the world. The first conference was held in 2005 in San José de Costa Rica and from there it has followed a very successful journey that includes Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 2007, Pucón (Chile) in 2009, Coatzacoalcos (Mexico) in 2011, Mendoza (Argentina) in 2013 and Lima (Peru) in 2015.

08:00 am - 05:30 pm
PNUMA: Life Cycle Thinking for sustainable value chain and Eco-Innovation Training for Latin-America and Caribbean

Life Cycle Thinking for sustainable value chain and Eco-Innovation Training for Latin-America and Caribbean

The aim of the training is to introduce the concept of lifecycle thinking and the associated policies and business solutions that can help decision-makers from public and private sector to identify key areas for improvements. If applied strategically and systematically the solutions can contribute to better sustainability performance of both public and private organizations including enterprises and scaling up sustainability through value chains. The training will introduce the following topics:

* Lifecycle Thinking and Management, including hotspot analysis,
* Eco-innovation, a strategic business solutions to embed sustainability into doing business,
* Product Environmental Footprinting and other lifecycle based sustainability information tools
* Application of life cycle thinking for sustainable value chain, and successful cases on application of life cycle thinking in both public and private sectors

The training is part the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) Project ‘Resource Efficiency through Application of Life cycle thinking (REAL)’, which is funded by the European Commission. The overall goal of REAL is to integrate resource efficiency in global value chains by using life cycle information on environmental impacts, thus enabling private and public organizations to make informed choices leading to increasingly sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

Being action-oriented, participants will be challenged after the training to develop a pilot project proposal aimed at enhancing the consideration of the lifecycle perspective in/by their own institutions or other partner organization (including an enterprise). Participants should come to the workshop already with ideas of pilot project areas. A subsequent and separate call for pilot project proposals will be used to select projects for seed funding from UN Environment.

08:00 am - 12:00 pm
Software SimaPro
Curso SimaPro CILCA 2017


Objetivo: Dar a conocer las funciones de SimaPro, a través de la elaboración de un ejercicio sencillo.

Agenda tentativa (horas) 0:00-0:20 Presentación de SimaPro

0:20-0:40 Definición de objetivo y alcance: Documentación, revisión de bases de datos, diferencia entre Sistema y Unidad

0:40-2:00 Análisis de inventario: Buscar procesos, hacer modelos y montaje en SimaPro, explicación de aspectos regionales en Ecoinvent, vista en árbol-red.

2:00-2:15 Descanso

2:15-3:00 Evaluación de impactos: Evaluar procesos, comparar productos, revisar métodos de evaluación de impactos.

3:00-3:45 Interpretación: Parámetros, Montecarlo, análisis por grupos, documentación

Instructor Amalia Sojo Curso SimaPro CILCA 2017 Herramientas

Para el instructor:

Computadora con proyector, pizarrón, marcadores, borrador.

Para los alumnos:

Computadoras para cada asistente. De manera previa al evento se les hará llegar un código para que se instale el SimaPro en las computadoras.

Se entrega un pdf con instrucciones. Este pdf se proyectará, pero además se les entregará a los asistentes para que lo puedan revisar en la computadora. De manera adicional y optativa se recomienda llevar una Tablet o dispositivo electrónico personal en el que se pueda proyectar el pdf. Esto facilita al alumno la realización del ejercicio, pues en la Tablet puede revisar las instrucciones y en la computadora, realizar los ejercicios en SimaPro.


Español, con las siguientes consideraciones para las personas no hablen el idioma: Asesoría: el curso se impartirá en español, pero los asistentes pueden preguntar en inglés y también se les puede responder en inglés.


Tener conocimiento de Análisis de Ciclo de Vida. No se explicarán los fundamentos del ACV

Número máximo de participante: 30

08:00 am - 05:30 pm
Green Delta: Social Life Cycle Assessment - Understanding social impacts with openLCA and specific databases

(Social) Life Cycle Assessment with openLCA and specific databases

- Learn how to assess environmental and social impacts of products over their life cycles by means of the free LCA software openLCA 

- Learn how to combine Environmental and Social Life Cycle Assessment (E-LCA and S-LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
- Discover (S-)LCA databases like ecoinvent, PSILCA and soca.

Topic: Life Cycle Assessment with software.

In the course, the trainer will first briefly introduce the E-LCA and S-LCA theory. Further, it will be demonstrated how social and environmental impacts and costs can be assessed and calculated along entire product life cycles using LCA software and databases. Moreover, it will be illustrated how SLCA and E-LCA (and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)) can be combined to a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA).

For the practical application, the free and open source LCA software openLCA, the S-LCA database PSILCA and the social LCA add-on for ecoinvent, soca, will be introduced. Participants will perform practical exercises and carry out a small case study to illustrate individual working steps in different situations.

Premilinary agenda:
- Brief introduction of LCA

- Introduction of openLCA: installation, creation of product system, calculation and interpretation of results

- Presentation of ecoinvent, PSILCA and soca 

- Explanation of the use of PSILCA and soca in LCA software (openLCA)

- Presentation and discussion of fields of application (e.g. hybrid application) underlined by one or more case studies

- Discussion of different results and methods regarding application of different purposes (SLCA, LCSA)

Trainer: Franziska Eisfeldt (GreenDelta GmbH) 
Tools: OpenLCA, PSILCA, Soca

Target group: LCA practitioners

Language: English or Spanish (depending on the participants` language preferences) 

Requirements: Basic knowledge of LCA required; own notebook

08:00 am - 12:00 pm
EPD System Curso: Reglas por Categoría de Productos y Declaraciones Ambientales Tipo III

Introducir a los alumnos en los requerimientos para la comparación del desempeño ambiental de ciclo de vida de bienes o servicios del mismo tipo.

Primera Parte
Reglas por Categoría de Productos conforme a ISO14025
Contexto general de uso de las PCR
PCR en la ISO14027
Unidad Funcional y Unidad Declarada: cuándo aplica cada una
Ejercicio Práctico grupal
Instructora: Claudia Peña, Co-Chair International EPD System América Latina

Segunda Parte:
Tipos de etiquetados ambientales conforme a ISO
Declaraciones ambientales de Productos (EPD), llamadas también Ecoetiquetado tipo III

Operadores de Programa
Funcionamiento del sistema de EPD en el mundo y nuevas iniciativas como UE PEF
Usos y potenciales proyecciones y link con iniciativas como Compras verdes públicas.

08:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sostenipra-ICT-UAB Ecodiseño de la teoría a la práctica. Herramienta edTOOL

Descripción general
Introducir el ecodiseño en todo el ciclo de vida de productos y servicios como una herramienta de prevención e innovación ambiental, reducción de costes e incremento del valor añadido. Para cumplir con el objetivo del taller además de los aspectos teóricos ecodiseño se presentará edTOOL® que es una herramienta web de prospección ambiental, aplicada al ciclo de vida de productos y servicios, para el ecodiseño de productos y servicios. El uso del edTOOL® permite una manera sencilla e intuitiva para aplicar la metodología de ecodiseño y mejorar la sostenibilidad de productos y servicios en empresas.

EdTOOL Se ha desarrollado en el marco del proyecto ECO-SCP-MED (Integrating Experiences and Recommendations in Eco-innovation for Sustainable Production and Consumption in the Mediterránea Área).

12:00 pm - 01:45 pm
Free Lunch
01:30 pm - 05:30 pm
Software: Umberto NXT LCA
01:30 pm - 05:30 pm
LCA and Circular Economy

LCA and circular economy

- To understand and demonstrate how LCA supports the evaluation of Circular Economy (CE)
- To review how existing tools and concepts linked to the Circular Economy movement
- To allow workshop participants to share experiences/foreseen challenges with CE initiatives in Latin America

- Concept and language in Circular Economy
- Circular Economy background and history
- Inspirational case studies
- Link to Life Cycle Thinking: understanding what to measure
- LCA example case studies
- Material Circularity Indicators
- Latin America drivers and casesa

- Trainer introduction/presentation and demo – 60 min
- Break – 15 min
- Break-out sessions: interactive session on Latin America drivers and cases – 75min}

Natalia Duque-Ciceri, PhD, Senior Consultant, thinkstep AG, Germany

Not required – some examples will be shown in GaBi, but the tool is not required

Target Audience
Industry, academic researchers, students, governmental and non-governmental organizations

English or Spanish (subject to audience preference)

LCA basics

01:30 pm - 05:30 pm
Swiss Embassy- COSUDE, Quantis, CADIS, CNPML. Advance in Water Footprint Assessment - Latin America

Advance in Water Footprint Assessment – Latin America


* To understand the basics of ISO compliant water footprint assessment
* To get up to speed about the regional and international developments of water footprinting (ISO, WULCA, PEF, regional guides, etc.)
* To strength the community of practice in water footprint in Latin America

Introduction & Welcome - M. Puerto (Swiss Embassy in Colombia-SDC) & S. Gmünder (Quantis) 15’
Step by step guide towards ISO compliant Water Footprint – S. Humbert (Quantis) 60’Theory along with some exercise based on the ISO guide & updates about ISO 14073, PEF and WULCA

Regional Water Footprint guide – N. Suppen (CADIS) 60’
Overview about the different activities. Key learnings and consensus of WF in Latin America.

Water Footprint in practice - from assessment to implementation – C. Toro (CNPML) 30’
Example SuizAgua Colombia focused on the application, maybe together with one company.

Break-out sessions – 60’: Possible topics include (please comment about your preferences)

* launch of exchange platform (community of practice) & discussion about the content
* exchange on regional activities, common challenges and opportunities. Vision of the community for the medium and long term
* Lessons learned for ISO14046 verification and communication in the region




 These fees include: materials, memories, certificate, breakfast, translation device.
These fees do not include: dinner and party

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