[ 220HKFSLCAK23 ] VL Life Cycle Assessment

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
1,5 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year (*)Kunststofftechnik Jörg Fischer 1 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Sustainable Polymer Engineering & Circular Economy 2023W
Objectives After successfully completing the course,

  • students know the structure of an LCA according to ISO 14040/44.
  • students can check the quality of LCA studies with regard to compliance with ISO 14040/44 and draw simple conclusions about their quality.
  • students will be familiar with important software tools and their functions and will be able to carry out simplified calculation examples (without software support).
  • students are familiar with the most important impact categories and can give an overview of their scientific basis.
  • students are familiar with important case studies from LCAs on the life cycle of plastics and plastic products and can answer qualitative statements about methodological problems.
  • students will be able to reproduce and understand findings from the literature on "green" solutions to problems in plastics handling and will be able to name current challenges and fields of research.
Subject Block 1: Introduction

  • Motivation - Why are LCAs relevant?
  • Introduction to LCA and ISO-standard 14044
  • Definitions and terminology
  • Case studies and possible use cases for the method

Block 2: Methods and tools in LCA

  • Modelling and data collection
  • Selection of fitting methods and tools
  • Calculation of LCIA results - examples
  • Exercises in results calculation and practical uses

Block 3: Environmental impacts

  • Environmental impacts along the life cycle of plastics.
  • Evaluation of resource and energy consumption
  • Environmental indicators in LCA
  • Case studies on plastics‘environmental impacts

Block 4: Waste management and recycling

  • Evaluation of strategies for plastic waste management.
  • Recycling in LCA
  • Circular economy for plastics
  • Case studies for sustainable waste management of plastics

Block 5: Sustainable solutions?

  • Alternatives to conventional plastics (biobased plastics)
  • New recycling technologies
  • Discussion and reflexion of the challenges in sustainable plastics engineering and circular economy.
Criteria for evaluation Written exam
Methods Lecture with PowerPoint and Handouts provided to the students
Language German or English
Study material (*)Handout in englischer Sprache
Changing subject? No
Further information English slides with English or German presentation depending on the students.
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Direct assignment