Workshop – Extending the boundaries of environmental assessments: coupling Life Cycle Assessment with economic modelling

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On mai 10th 2021, the Chaire Energy and prosperity organized  a workhsop with INRAE on the following subject « Extending the boundaries of environmental assessments: coupling Life Cycle Assessment with economic modelling « .

Coordination: Sylvain Caurla and Guy Meunier (INRAE, Chaire Energie et prospérité)

Object of the workshop

Several methods are used to assess the environmental impacts of goods and services beyond the impacts generated by their use, most notably Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). These assessments fuel the public debate about the desirability of some ”green goods” and influence environmental policies, by providing information to consumers (e.g. food labeling) or to help designing eco-efficient subsidies (e.g. bioenergies, electric vehicles). In this context, several important questions arise as to which method to use for which policy question and how to do it.  In particular, current “hot topics” include the question of the definition of the system boundaries to account for feedbacks in the economic system, the inclusion of storage and de-storage of biogenic carbon in ecosystems during the production of biomass or the environmental impacts of changes in land use into account.

This workshop aimed to gather researchers, industry experts, and policy makers from public, private, and civil society to expose their views and analysis on current issues and potential pitfalls of environmental assessmentss, and the questions raised by the extension of the boundaries of the systems.

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Program and presentation of the speekers

Session 1 – Economic modeling and LCA Chairman Sylvain Caurla (INRAE-BETA)

Ariane Albers (INSA Toulouse) — Integration of carbon dynamics within LCA 

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Thomas BEAUSSIER (Mines Paristech) — Economic and environmental assessment of regional level bioeconomic policies considering interactions at multiple scales. Application to the forest – based sector in the région Grand Est.

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Patrice Dumas (CIRAD-CIRED) — Assessing the efficiency of changes in land use for mitigation climate change.

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Aude Valade (CIRAD-Eco&Sol) — Carbon substitution in the wood sector: What are the missing pieces?

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Session 2 – Technology choices and LCA Chairman Guy Meunier (INRAE-ALISS)

Jean Pierre Ponssard (CNRS – Chaire Energy and Prosperity) — Extending the limits of the abatement curie.

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Jan Mertens (ENGIE) — Why LCA @ENGIE?

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Miriam Buitrago (ADEME) — Les ACVs à l’ADEME exemple du bois énergie

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