Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment

Starts January 2019

Complementary Module

This module will provide a theoretical and critical analysis of the practice and application of Carbon Footprinting (CF) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as key tools in assessing the environmental impacts.

Learning units will include:

  • The role of GHGs in climate change – quantifying environmental impacts and defining the production-efficiency challenge
  • An introduction to LCA and to CF – concepts, tools and databases
  • LCA and CF system boundaries – goal and scope definition, inventory data compilation
  • Upstream processes 
  • Allocation and consequential LCA 
  • Wider impact categories – life cycle impact assessment methods, water and biodiversity impacts
  • Practical application of CF – interpretation, reporting, product labelling, informing management

Contributions from: Dr Dave Styles, Prof Dave Chadwick, Prof Jamie Newbold, Phil Humphrey NIAB TAG, Prof Mike Christie, Campbell Skinner.