Special Session: Cultivating Uniform Methods for Prospective LCA of Emerging

The growing application of Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) for emerging technologies is a promising strategy to help guide innovation towards a more sustainable future. However, anticipating the future is inherently uncertain and emerging technologies can cover a wide range of opportunities. Increasingly, R&D researchers are asked to estimate future benefits from emerging technologies in addition to performing technology R&D. In the absence of a uniform method and guidelines, prospective LCA may yield inconsistent estimates, making it difficult to verify or compare results between similar technologies or across a wide range of technology categories. Prospective LCA of emerging technologies will benefit from uniform, consistent, and robust frameworks for estimating future impacts.

In this special session, we will start with a high level discussion on the need for uniformity, consistency, and robustness when assessing emerging and advanced technology adoption potential. We will briefly discuss our efforts to develop transparent and verifiable LCA methods, and its use in evaluating technologies. Several individual presentations, by either the session organizers or invited industry LCA practitioners, will look at prospective LCAs of emerging technologies such additive manufacturing, wide bandgap semiconductors, vehicle light-weighting, and waste-heat recovery technologies. This will lead into a round-table discussion.

LOCATION: 2309
10:30 Joe Cresko

Cultivating Uniform Methods for Prospective LCA of Emerging Technologies
10:40 Angela Fisher

Cultivating Uniform Methods for Prospective LCA of Emerging Technologies
SPEAKER: Bill Flanagan
10:50 Rich Helling

Cultivating Uniform Methods for Prospective LCA of Emerging Technologies
SPEAKER: Rich Helling
11:00 Noorie Rajvanshi

Cultivating Uniform Methods for Prospective LCA of Emerging Technologies