After a first Transnational Learning Journey (TLJ) in Kaunas, Lithuania, and a second in Navarre, Spain, LCA4Regions and Pyhäjärvi Institute take you to Satakunta, Finland. The global situation forces us once again to gather online, which does not mean that the learning process will be less intense. This time, the attention will be given to the exchange of experience on LCA for waste management and material flows.

Three different sessions will delve into this topic from different angles:

  • LCA for sustainable regional development: after a brief introduction of the project and the life cycle approaches, an overview of Satakunta region and its policy context will be presented as well as some thoughts on Finnish politics and LCA. It will be completed by a discussion on LC tools in bioeconomy and LCA for waste management.
  • LCA good practices on waste management and material flows: LCA4regions partners will present their good practices on the use of life cycle tools and methods on waste management and material flows. It will provide potential learning and inspiration for all regions with concrete ideas to be integrated into local policies and procedures. The session will finish with a case presenting the circular economy of plastics.
  • Case studies and peer review: for the last session two case studies from Finland will focus on waste management and nutrient recycling. A peer review gathering ideas to develop the future action plan in Satakunta will conclude this exchange of experiences.


LCA4Regions – LCA for sustainable regional development
Tuesday 20 October | 9:00 - 11:30 CET

9:00 Welcome remarks by Pyhäjärvi Institute
Satakunta policy context
Finnish politics and LCA | Eeva Kalli, Representative of Finnish Parliament
Key sustainability issues for implementing bioeconomy regions - Analyzing industrial integration through life cycle based tools | Alberto Bezama, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany
LCA for waste management | Ivan Muñoz, 2.-0 LCA consultants - LIFE 5 REFRACT project

LCA4Regions – LCA for sustainable regional development
Wednesday 21 October | 10:00 - 13:00 CET


LCA good practices on waste management and material flows (Part 1)

  • Green Edge | Elsa Ferreiro Nunes, CIMBAL (PT)
  • LCA & LCC of CDW management system | Lucia Rigamonti, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IT)
  • Comparative LCA of alternative packaging materials for beverage |Albin Pintar, National Institute of Chemistry (SI)
  • Redistribution of charges for environmental pollution into pro-environmental investments | Adam Szymanski, Lodzkie Region (PL)

LCA good practices on waste management and material flows (Part 2)

  • Carbon footprint of the Food Bank of Navarre | Maite Aldaya, Institute for Innovation & Sustainable Development in Food Chain (ES)
  • LCA in optimization of municipal waste management | Jolanta Dvarioniene, Kaunas University of Technology (LT)
  • Processing alternatives of biodegradable waste – anaerobic digestion, energy & biofuel | Tuuli Myllymaa, Finnish Environment Institute (FI)
  • Summary of additional relevant good practices | Fritz Balkau, Sustainable Solutions (FR)
Plastics hold value – views about circular economy of plastics | Auli Westerholm. Manager in Public affairs, Fortum Waste Solutions Ltd

Case studies and Peer review
Thursday 22 October | 10:00 - 12:30 CET


Case Waste Management

Separate collection and recycling of waste – A company view | Pasi Kaskinen, Marketing Manager, Loimi-Häme Waste Management Ltd



Case Nutrient recycling

Biomass Atlas | Eeva Lehtonen, Research Scientist (MSc), Natural Resources Institute

Nutrient calculator – tools for planning regional nutrient recycling in Finland | Sari Luostarinen, Senior Scientist (PhD), Natural Resource institute

Environmental impact assessment of biodegradable waste treatment | Jouni Havukainen, Associate Professor (PhD), Lappeenranta University of Technology


Peer review - Developing the future action plan in Satakunta

To enhance interactivity, participants will be split in three breakout sessions; each will elaborate on three observation points (policy instruments; use of LCA; replication of experience).

Practical details

The event is free and open to all but registration is mandatory. Please register for each day separately using the links below:

We hope you can attend this 3-day online event and spread with us the life cycle thinking!