Student assistant at enumion

The company enumion is looking for a student assistant to support the team at the location in Cologne. enumion is a management consultancy focusing on energy consulting and sustainability.

The focus of your tasks will be on energy audits and building simulations. Further activities are the preparation of energy data for energy consumption analyses, the work with the software DIN V 18599 and the profitability calculation of energy efficiency measures. In addition, enumion offers active participation in ongoing projects.

The working hours are 8 to 12 hours per week and can be arranged flexibly. Apply here now.

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The International Smart Cities School 2021 is now open to all people involved and interested in the debate regarding the contemporary urban question (PhDs or graduate students, freelancers, companies, public employees, etc.).
Registering for the school is free of charge but on a selective basis (max. 30 participants). The participation form is available on the school website.

Participation can also be partial (one or more webinars without co-working laboratory).



BMW Group

The BMW Group offers an internship for students in the area of purchasing and supplier network. As part of the internship, the Sustainability department focuses on providing support in the energy supply chain. Other activities would include CO2 implementation reporting and support in coordinating sustainability goals in the supply chain.

More information on BMW Group Karriere

The recently founded Center for Circular Economy at RWTH Aachen – known as CCE – pools the University’s expertise on circular economy.

For example, it elevates RWTH’s distinctive technical and ecological expertise in recycling and also integrates social affairs, business, science, and digitalization. “In various projects, RWTH has been dealing with the topic of circular economy directly or indirectly for decades. In view of the existing global challenge, it is imperative that we synergistically and systematically apply the expertise from all across the university by uniting it under one roof,” emphasizes RWTH Rector Professor Ulrich Rüdiger.

Right at the beginning, several members of the Center for Circular Economy participated in the event when mayor Sybille Keupen signed the “Circular Cities Declaration”. As sixtieth European city, the city of Aachen is now the second German city that joined the initiative. At the event, the Center members presented their know-how on circularity. Professor Marzia Traversoe.g., presented challenges of circular economy related to sustainability aspects and how to measure and ensure a sustainable circular economy.

More information on Circular Cities Declaration and Center for Circular Economy.

One year after the kick-off of the TeTraPHar Africa project, the Institute for Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB) gladly welcomed Francis Mwaijande from Mzumbe University (MU) and Tomson Akankwasa from the Uganda Cleaner Production Centre (UCPC) to Aachen. TeTraPHar Africa is a BMBF funded project submitted and coordinated by INaB on behalf of RWTH University.


5th - 8th September 2022 Aachen

The macro-areas of the conference will include:

    • Scientific and methodological developments
    • Industries case studies and business experiences
    • Strategies and policies at International, European and national level.

 The call for sessions is now open!                                               The call for abstract will be open soon.

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Hybrid event live from Brussels

On the 7th of December the SLC Alliance will host a hybrid event entitled “Implementing the New UNEP 2020 S-LCA Guidelines”. This event will take place at the Residence Palace in Brussels and will simultaneously be accessible via an online platform. Registrations are now open until December 1. The programme will start at 13:30 and end at 18:30, with workshops in different languages.

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On this year’s Marmomac and Athesis, Elisabetta Palumbo and geologist Piero Primavori talked about sustainability and research for natural stone and stone quarrying. They highlighted the importance of waste being reused to transition towards a sustainable production.


Platform On Sustainable Finance

The necessity to strengthen the science-policy interface for sustainable investment has recently been reinforced by IPCC’s AR6 report. Basing policies that serve current and future generations on scientific knowledge is a lesson learned from the the EU Taxonomy process.

In cooperation with Nora Hiller, Ben Allen and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Marzia Traverso gives recommendations for improving the use of science and evidence in decision-making.


Responsible Management - with S-LCA to a Holistically Sustainable Company

In this online certificate course, you will learn to identify social hotspots in your company and your supply chain. This will enable you to make concrete improvements towards a socially responsible and holistically sustainable company.

Study format: Online Certificate Course
Duration: 2 modules, each half-day except for the first-day
Teaching: Module 1: 15.11.2021 full day, 22-24.11.2021 half days each; Module 2: 17.+18.01. and 20.+21.01.2022 half days each
Credit Points: 2 ECTS (50 hrs. workload)
Course fees: 3.200 € incl. course material & social programme
Qualification: RWTH Executive Certificate
Language: German

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© YES! – Young Economic Summit

YES! Regional Final International 2021

YES! is one of the largest school competitions on economic and social challenges in Germany for grades 10-12. 

INaB as a partner of YES actively supported the team from Geneva, as well as the team from Stolberg and is very happy about the International School of Geneva’s entry into the finals, which will take place in September (22.-24.09.2021).

The International School of Geneva presented their idea “Green Village”, which included several elements to build a sustainable community housing system. Whereas the Ritzefeld Gymnasium from Stolberg focused on the idea of “A Green Line for a greener future” (a green discovery route through Stolberg), proposing sustainable attractions to improve tourism in cities.

Smart Urban Skin

Reverberant building envelopes from the Rhenish mining area

Innovative building envelopes based on a modularly functional textile facade can be used to reduce energy consumption and generate electricity; in addition, the facade filters nitrogen oxides from the air.

Report: “EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy: an opportunity for sustainable industrial R&I"

DG Research & Innovation published the summary policy report from the workshop “EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy: an opportunity for sustainable industrial R&I”. This report summarises the main session discussions and input gathered from the participants in the Q&A sessions.

The main objective of the workshop was to identify key aspects on how to place sustainable finance and the EU taxonomy in the context of industrial R&I and the activities of the European Partnerships, and to help advance the R&I agenda of European industries towards the Green Deal’s objectives.
More than 120 participants from both the public and private sector took part in the discussions with the speakers and gave their views and perspectives in three moderated panel sessions that outlined the way forward. Report

Call for Abstracts for the 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Management

The call for abstracts of the Life Cycle Management Conference 2021 is now open

We invite you to submit a paper for the Social Life Cycle Assessment session and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in Construction and Renovation Buildings.

Please submit your Abstract by April 12th, 2021.

LIFE MAGIS - New Project Brochure!

Save the date for the project presentation and discussion about the first results of the LIFE MAGIS Project. The partners of LIFE MAGIS will discuss the role of environmental quality and communication in the development strategies of the sectors involved.

The new project brochure for LIFE MAGIS is now available! Go check it out! 

Platform on Sustainable Finance

Meet Marzia Traverso and Ben Allen, rapporteurs of the Technical Working Group.

Together with Nathan Fabian, they explain their work around #EUtaxonomy and how experts and stakeholders can contribute.

Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Organisations 2020

We are delighted to announce the successful launch of the Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Organizations 2020. 

The event, hosted entirely online, gathered 177 participants from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Participants were from various sectors, including Agriculture, Metal Production, Construction, Education, Food, Health services, Public Service, Transport, Research and Development, Environment, Circular Economy, NGOs, Logistics, Energy, Chemical Industry, and Biotechnology.
Watch the full event online

Few words on the Guidelines for S-LCA of Products and Organizations

Since its first edition in 2009, the practice of social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) has evolved from a small circle of academic practitioners to one that now includes stakeholders from industry, policymakers, and business. This means having updated information and guidelines that do not need a prior understanding of lifecycle approaches. It also means ensuring that the right tools are in the hands of those who can inform the decision-making processes. These updated Guidelines fulfills both these objectives.

Because different S-LCA methods have diverging purposes and applications, these 2020 Guidelines do not dictate one path but rather explain the strengths and challenges of different approaches to solve multiple questions. Each section defines the main steps, provides examples and directs the user to additional resources and references.

These new Guidelines are a helpful reference regardless if you are new to S-LCA methods or an expert.

New EU Ecolabel criteria for printed paper, stationery paper, and paper carrier bag products Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1803)

On 28 November the Commission Decision establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for printed paper, stationery paper, and paper carrier bag products was made public by the EU Commission. This comes after a more than 2 years revision process which saw the revision and merging of existing EU Ecolabel criteria for Printed paper and as well as that for Converted paper products.
INaB was selected by JRC Seville to provide technical support for the revision process. INaB carried out Life Cycle Assessments of converted paper products, market and technical analysis and Stakeholder consultation.

What is EU-Ecolabel?
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary, multiple criteria-based Scheme to promote the best environmental performing products in the market. The EU Flower is awarded to products that comply with lifecycle-based preset criteria related to sustainable production. The main idea for the review of the Ecolabel Criteria on Converted paper products was to incorporate industry developments over the years following the 2013 version.

What are the benefits?
EU-Ecolabel contributes to improving the image of the company, to resource and monetary savings, to the growth of the company and job creation. It also certifies that the product/services are among the most environmentally friendly in its class and increases the visibility of the product on the market. 

More information on the following link:

Lecture of the "Leonardo Projekt" on the topic "Catastrophic Climate Change"

What is the worst case scenario for Climate Change? Could humanity go extinct or our civilization collapse? Luke Kemp, a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Existential Risk (Cambridge University) has thought a lot about this. Luke will talk about what we have learned so far, and what is still unknown in the field of extreme climate change. Subsequently, we will have time to answer your questions and to dig deeper in a Q&A.

What? Talk and Q&A with Luke Kemp about Catastrophic Climate Change 
Tuesday – 8th of December, 18:30 Berlin Time

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The event will be part of a university course on effective altruism which is open to everyone who is interested. Learn more:     

Survey on the subject of life cycle assessments

We have developed a questionnaire on the topic of life cycle assessment. How it is used in practice today and how it can be further applied. We would be very pleased if you could take 8-10 minutes of your time for the questionnaire. You are also welcome to share the link with your network.

You can access the survey via the following link:

Your participation is anonymous and your data will be treated confidentially and exclusively in connection with this study. The survey will be available until 20.12.2020.
Thank you very much for your support!

LCIC 2020 Conference Report

The Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI) organized its second conference on Life Cycle Innovation in virtual form from August 26-28 2020. The conference report gives an overview of the LCIC 2020 and some of its highlights.
Included is a workshop on page 13 with the title:

Workshop 9: A new methodology being no more contemporary? How to interpret and weight the outcomes of LCSA!
The workshop organized by Jana Gerta Backes addressed the current state-of-the-art of LCSA (Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment), its use and interpretation and the challenges the methodology faces. Report

Congratulations! Sustainable Finance: The new European Commission platform members announced

In response to a call for applications on 18 June 2020, the Commission selected 50 members and 10 special observers on the basis of their environmental, sustainable finance or social/human rights expertise.

The European Commission recently published the list of members of the Platform. Wherein Prof.-Ing. Marzia Traverso was selected for the platform on sustainable finance. Congratulations!

The platform will advise the Commission on the development of technical screening criteria for the EU taxonomy, and policy development, amongst other things, as required by the Taxonomy Regulation.

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NEWS! 2nd Life Cycle Innovation Conference 

At the end of August the 2nd Life Cycle Innovation Conference (LCIC 2020) was successfully organized. The good news is that even if you missed the conference, you can now get access to all keynotes, panels and pre-recorded presentations! In order to make this amazing content available for a large audience, you can get access to it from 20€.

The conference, which took place virtually as a response to the global pandemic, was attended by a diverse crowd of more than 120 change-makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners and decision-makers with a passion for sustainability.

The conference combines a variety of different formats to create a unique space to engage also in a virtual setting. The conference focussed on sustainable innovation, circular economy and climate change. More Information

Digital series “Chances of structural change – New perspectives for NRW” from the 29.09 to the 27.10.2020

Key Dates:

29.09.2020: Resources and sustainability
– with a key note speech from Prof. Traverso –

06.10.2020: Open space, landscape and agriculture
13.10.2020: Buildings, neighborhoods and energy
20.10.2020: Mobility and Infrastructure
27.10.2020: Society and urbanity

In addition to key notes and practical reports on the challenges of structural change, a poster session is an integral part of every themed day. Every session will be followed by a plenary discussion.

The free registration and further information can be found on our website at

NEWS! Collaborative Research Centre Transregio 280 funding approved

Professor Traverso and the team of the Institute for Sustainability in Civil Engineering are pleased to announce that the Collaborative Research Centre Transregio 280 has been approved by the DFG as part of the research association of the RWTH Aachen and TU Dresden. An interdisciplinary research team – inspired by mathematics, botany and art – is using carbon concrete to develop new concepts for resource-saving and material-minimised construction.

The adaptive manufacturing method in the production process and the continuous evaluation of sustainability over the entire life cycle promise to point the way forward in the development of strategies for constructions made of carbon concrete.
The approval of the DFG heralds the start of the first four years of the Collaborative Research Centre, which will run for a total of 12 years with a Budget of 29 Million €.

Applications are open for the WG5 Training School “Jump 2030 – The Good Urban Life’” that will take place in Vienna, from 21 to 25 September 2020!

Key Dates:

10th August 2020 – Applications submission Deadline
20th August 2020 – Confirmation to the selected Trainees
07th September 2020 – Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation
09th September 2020 – Communication of Teams/Distribution of preparatory material
21st-25th September 2020 – From Monday 9.00 to Friday 16.00

Are you interested in such an experience?
Spread the word and / or apply now! Here is the link:

Die BMW Group befindet sich weiterhin auf dem aufsteigenden Ast und will die Reise nach oben 2018 fortsetzen.

Project: ISO-compliant life cycle assessment report  for the BWM X3 30e Plug-in-Hybrid

On behalf of BMW, the Institute for Sustainability in Civil Engineering has conducted a life cycle assessment for the plug-in-hybrid car X3 xDrive30e. More

To help support decision making on mitigating actions in the transport sector it is paramount to develop a better understanding of the environmental impacts of road vehicles over their entire lifecycle. The following Report focuses on LCA studies for vehicles. 

New Report: Determining the environmental impacts of conventional and alternatively fuelled vehicles through LCA

This report summarises a range of vehicle life-cycle assessment (LCA) studies available in the public domain, which were found to be of varying focus, data quality, detail and coverage. It develops a policymaker-oriented LCA methodology for light- and heavy-duty vehicles covering a selection of major powertrain types and fuel chains for the 2020 to 2050 timeframe. Report

News! Equal Opportunities Representative 2020

Professor Traverso was elected Equal Opportunities Representative of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Starting in July 2020, Professor Traverso will be officially committed to the equality of all genders for the next two years with all her expertise and experience. Congratulations!

Life Cycle Summer School 2020

The summer school will be organized under the theme “Bio-economy and the food life cycle – A life cycle management toolbox for sustainable regional food and biomass” from 21 September to 8 October 2020. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, LCSS 2020 will take place this year as a virtual summer school! More

New Study: Single-use plastic bottles and their alternatives – Recommendations from Life Cycle Assessments

Most bottled water contains plastic particles – The PawprintAmong the most commonly used types of beverage bottles are bottles made from plastics for single use. The environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles has been widely discussed in society. To mitigate the environmental problems of single-use plastic bottles, there is a need to consider alternative solutions. This report summarises current knowledge about the environmental performance of single-use plastic bottles and their alternatives, and analysis how this knowledge can be used to guide policy makers and other actors.

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COVID-19: The social impact of Working From Home

ᐈ For home office stock photos, Royalty Free home office images ...Calculate the social, environmental and health impact of your business working from home.

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New Report regarding responsible and sustainable sourcing of batteries raw materials

Publication document thumbnailUsed in e-mobility and electronics, batteries are essential to achieve the EU objective of decarbonisation of the economy and other challenges related to sustainable development. Several policy initiatives have been issued and others are under discussion to promote sustainable and competitive production of batteries in the EU. Recently, various stakeholders highlighted social risks related to supply chains of batteries and in particular in regard to the provision of raw materials.

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Survey! Weighting of indicators for the assessment of mobility services:

The aim of this survey is the weighting of different indicators for the assessment of mobility services. These indicators assess, for example, noise pollution, space occupancy or impacts on health and safety.

The results of this survey help to prioritize these various aspects. To do so, the indicators are compared pairwise. Taking part in the survey takes about 10 minutes. We would highly appreciate if you could take the time to complete the survey:

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Katharina Gompf

INaB was part of the advisory committee of the PLP Guidelines, recently published.

First standardized guidelines to measure plastic pollution across corporate value chains published by the Plastic Leak Project

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Aachen2050: Together for a region worth living in permanently

The INaB is part of the Aachen2050 movement. We need a large, shared and sustainable picture of the future. Aachen2050 is currently building a regionally oriented platform that brings together and coordinates acting and interested supporters and wantes to develop the urban region into a common future.

Do you want to know more?:

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Der Verein Ingenieure retten die Erde e.V. – Support us!

The aim of the association is to concentrate the skills of the engineers on the reconciliation of nature and people and to give the engineers and other contributing faculties precisely this philosophy as the basis of all their “doing and acting”.

If you would like to know how to support this association please visit the following website:

INaB is part of The Steering Commitee in the project on ‘Revision of the  Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment’

The 3rd Draft of the revised Version of the guidelines for S-LCA of Products is just posted online.

The aim of the project group is to launch the Social LCA Guidelines as UNEP publication in June in conjunction with the Social LCA conference in Gothenburg (June 17 2020).

If you would like to know more about this project visit please the two following websites:

EN 45554: A standard that works for the environment – Learn more

Apply now: Life Cycle Summer School 2020

This year’s edition will focus on the theme “Bio-economy and the food chain – A life cycle management toolbox for sustainable regional food and biomass development”. The Summer School will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 9 – 12 October 2020. More

Guest Lecturer at INaB the 9th January 2020
Dr. Henry Abanda from Oxford Brookes University/UK

Titel: BIM for Building Environmental Performance Evaluation
Where: Lecture Hall H08, CARL, Claßenstr. 11, 2. Floor, Room219
When: Donnerstag, 09. Januar 2020  10:30 – 12:00 o’clock
Studyline: “Bewertungsmethoden für nachhaltiges Bauen”

Dr. Henry Abanda PhD, Dipl.-Ing.,PGcert (Distinction), BSc (Hons), CEng, MIET, FHEA
Henry Abanda has a BSc (Hons) and Dipl.-Ing. in Mathematics/Physics and Civil Engineering from the University of Buea and École Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique (ENSP) de Yaoundé. After obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering in 2003, Henry worked as a Project Engineer on projects funded by the governments of Cameroon and Japan. Later, Henry obtained his PhD from the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University in the UK in 2011, where he is today a Senior Lecturer and Researcher.

His research interest is in the area of emerging digital construction technologies. He has designed, implemented and delivered BIM related courses on the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in the School of the Built Environment ( Recently, Henry mentored a group of students from the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes for the first ever WorldSkills UK Building Information Management (BIM) – Regional Competition. The competition took place between 17- 19 June 2019 at the Autodesk University Conference where the team from Oxford Brookes competed with students from South Bank and Middlesex universities. Out of the first 3 students selected to represent the region, the first two were Henry’s mentees. (

He is currently supervising 4 PhD students working on construction project management, facilities management, BIM, Big Data and the Semantic Web. Prior to this, he had co-supervised 2 PhD students to completion. He is an external examiner in many European Universities. He recently examined a PhD candidate in the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute-The University of Southern Denmark. Henry has delivered BIM lectures at the Universidad de Lleida-Spain, Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tarbes-Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse-France, UN-Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, School of Planning and Architecture-New Delhi-India-a top tier institution of learning in India, Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK), Ecole Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique de Yaoundé and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Travaux Publics- Yaoundé, Cameroun. Henry was the lead facilitator in training 180 UK-based construction professionals through hands-on workshops on the use of BIM for construction project management and quantity surveying as part of the European Regional Development Fund Programme FutureFit Build Assets funded project.

Visit of the Green Talents to RWTH Aachen on the 16th of September 2019

With the participation of the Institute for Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB), the Chair of Sustainable Raw Material Extraction and the Institute of Raw Materials Engineering (MRE) as well as the International Office / Welcome Center, the award-winning students will be given an insight into the RWTH Aachen University. For the past ten years, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been honoring outstanding junior scientists from all around the world in the field of sustainability research through the international Green Talents competition. So far, “232 green talents” from 65 countries have been announced. This year’s motto is “Smart Green Planet – Solutions for a Sustainable Future”, which focuses on the benefits of new digital technologies for achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The International Social LCA Forum 2019

The International Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) Forum is an international event arranged by the Department of Economic Studies of the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Pescara-Chieti, in collaboration with Ecoinnovazione, the Social LCA Alliance, Region Abruzzo and in cooperation with UN Environment.

The event is taking place in Pescara on the 5th & 6th of December.

The registration for the International Social LCA Forum 2019 is now open

Important deadlines:

15 October 2019 – Deadline for abstracts submission

5 November 2019 – Abstract acceptation notification

For more information visit:

Students of the Osaka University visit the INaB

On their EU Tour 2019, a group of students and professors from the Osaka University visited the INaB. We presented the INaB and layed a foundation for future exchange. Thank you for the nice day!

Second Workshop on the Revision of the NEW Guidelines for S-LCA

The second workshop on the revision of the NEW Guidelines for S-LCA has recently been announced. It will take place on April 24th to 26th in Paris, France. 

We are happy to welcome more participants.

Find more information here:

Deadline extension for Special Issue on Social Life Cycle Assessment

The deadline for submitting papers in the Special Issue Social Life Cycle Assessment—The Implementation in Different Sectors has been extended until March 31, 2019. 

Prof. Marzia Traverso is patron of “Aachen Unverpackt”

The initiative “Aachen Unverpackt” was founded in the summer of 2018 and is still growing. To support the initiative, Professor Marzia Traverso was asked to be their patron. This is a great chance for “Aachen Unverpackt” and the INaB to show how a more sustainable life can be practiced. Some more tipps for a Zero Waste and responsable lifestyle are in our blog chapter “Your Sustainability“.

INaB is now member of the DGNB e.V.!

We are happy to announce, that INaB is now a member of the DGNB  e.V. (German Sustainable Building Council). For more information about the DGNB, you can read our blog ore visit the homepage of the council.

Special Issue on Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Resource Recovey from Waste Management Systems in a Circular Economy Perspective

Theo Online-Journal Resources will publish a Special Issue on Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Resource Recovery from Waste Management Systems in a Circular Economy Perspective.

Deadline for countributions is April 30, 2019.

Revision of the Guidelines of Social Life Cycle Assessment under the umbrella of the Life Cycle Initiative

Big steps have been made during the first Workshop on the revision of the Guidelines of Social Life Cycle Assessment for Products in Pescara, Italy. The next workshop is planed for April 2019. 

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Special Issue on Social Life Cycle Assessment

The Online-Journal Resources will publish a Special Issue on Social Life Cycle Assessment – The Implementation in Different Sectors.

Deadline for contributions is the January 31, 2019. 

Chapter on the handling of Externatlities recently published

Marzia Traverso and colleagues recently published a book chapter discussing externalities in the context of social life cycle assessment.

The chapter is downloadable open access here.