From August 25th until September 2nd, the LCM conference took place in Bordeaux. The event focusses on Life Cycle Management and is typically attended by life cycle management practitioners from all types of companies and industries, researchers and consultancies. This year’s theme was ‘Mainstreaming Life Cycle Management for Sustainable Value Creation’, to shed light on the potential for life cycle management to become mainstream and thereby create measurable sustainable value.
The well-organised program was divided in a number of parallel sessions, focussing for example on policy, business practises, methodologies or specific sectors. The presentations – showing, among others, LCA examples, (inter)national initiatives and do’s and don’ts regarding process management – thereby provided participants with both information and inspiration. Ecomatters was very excited to share its experience and expertise during two presentations.
Our first presentation, as part of one of the sessions focussing on the chemical industry, proved attendees insight into the latest developments on the PEF screening study on decorative paints within the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) pilot project. Our consultants Lisa Damen and Pau Huguet Ferran shared learning points regarding the implementation of the proposed PEF methodology, as well as the actual results of the study.
In the session ‘Global partnerships and collective action to implement LCM’, Emilie Carasso – of CEPE, the European coatings trade association – together with our managing director Max Sonnen presented their view on 5 years of cooperative life cycle management within the European coatings industry. This presentation provided useful examples about the work of CEPE and practical tips on the cooperation within an association regarding the performance of LCM. Their main goal was to show that although working together as an industry provides many challenges, it also creates benefits and opportunities that would not be feasible without cooperation.
Ecomatters was present at LCM 2015 with its own exhibition stand, where we provided the participants of the LCM with bee-friendly flower seeds and where we presented ourselves and our services. It also created the opportunity to catch up with our customers and LCA colleagues, as well as opportunities to make new contacts.
All in all, this event was a great success for us. We look forward to meeting you again at the next LCM conference, if not sooner.