This example describes GP on LCA training and capacity building based on workshop “Process planning and multi-criteria decision making in a circular economy".
Circular economy projects differ from conventional development projects in several aspects:
- technologies are little researched, so as a rule, demanding research and development of new technological processes and products are needed,
- generally high investment, and
- the obtained results are not highly profitable, so classical economic indicators are often unfavourable.
For the planning of processes in the field of circular economy, it is necessary to introduce multi-criteria decision-making, where, in addition to economic criteria, we also take into account environmental and social impacts, which can be addressed by life cycle analysis (LCA). Among the alternatives, we choose the one that represents a balanced compromise between all three factors, i.e. economic, environmental and social.
The above was presented to participants of the two-day event entitled “Process planning and multi-criteria decision making in a circular economy”, which was organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Styria (https://www.stajerskagz.si/en/) and Competence Center on Circular Economy (https://koc-krozno-gospodarstvo.si/), and held on 29-30 June 2021 in Maribor, Slovenia. The presentations were given by experts from the University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology.
Presentations made by invited speakers / experts
Evidence of success
The workshop was intended for entrepreneurs interested in the circular economy, other entrepreneurs interested in new business opportunities as well as participants from the public sector. The participants were able to get knowledge on:
- the concept of the circular economy and sustainable development,
- methods and metrics for preliminary assessment of processes and technologies for the circular economy,
- LCA analysis as a tool for environmental design of products and processes, etc.
Potential for learning or transfer
The described expert workshops provided an opportunity to the participants to get new knowledge and expertise on the use of product life cycle analysis that they can use while introducing new products into production, as well as to those coming from the public sector to obtain insight and experience on creating new policies.