These courses are aimed at improving knowledge and professional skills related to the use of life cycle tools in organizations.
Life cycle thinking is a key subject considered in EU policies, giving relevance to different approaches. With the aim of bringing closer to these approaches to companies, and specifically to industrial companies, three different short training schemes have been developed in Industrial Association of Navarra (AIN) from 2013:
1. Carbon footprint (12 hours): the program is designed for participants to understand the impact of organizations, services and / or products on the environment, in particular on global warming impact category, and to know the methodologies, regulations and standards related to the emission and control of greenhouse gases. They are introduced in the calculation of the Carbon Footprint of organizations, services and / or products.
2. Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon footprint (7 hours): the course allows to know the regulatory framework, the methodology and applications of LCA and the determination of the carbon footprint. LCA as a tool that allows organizations to evaluate the environmental impacts generated by products, processes and services, and that facilitates decision-making
3. ISO 14001:2015 life cycle approach (3 hours): to identify the environmental aspects of the organization from a life cycle perspective, to develop methodologies to evaluate the environmental aspects of the organization from a life cycle perspective, to identify risks and opportunities and to control direct and indirect environmental aspects from a life cycle perspective.
3 people from AIN staff to organize, teach and evaluate the course.
One of the trainings was financed by the Navarre Employment Service. For the other two, cost for people attending the course: 95-225 € depending on the length of the course, and if they work for a company associated to AIN or not.
Evidence of success
37 private companies have been trained in LC approach, LCA and CF. Main profile of participants was people responsible for Health, Security and Environment (HSE) in their organizations, but also from engineer and commercial departments, and general directors.
The overall assessment of the trainings was 8 over a total of 10 points, and main suggestions consisted of demanding more specific courses. Examples shown were one of the most interesting points.
Courses are scheduled again in this year.
The course is addressed to different professional profiles and type of companies, so heterogeneous profiles are attending to the training course with diverse knowledge about life cycle approach.
It is also a challenge to keep to time when we are facing so a wide content.
Potential for learning or transfer
Considering EU policies and strategies, and the role of life cycle approach in sustainable development, training courses related to life cycle thinking and life cycle methodologies are particularly interesting, with the aim of spreading the concept, facilitating the knowledge and developing professional skills regarding the use of these kind of techniques at all relevant levels. AIN, being an industrial association, has the opportunity of reaching companies, not only associated companies, but other private companies.
Training and capacity building on life cycle approaches for companies could boost eco-innovation and helps to achieve environmental regional policy targets.