Life Cycle Assessment and Other Assessment Tools for Waste Management and Resource Optimization III

An ECI Conference Series

June 21-26, 2020
Grand Hotel San Michele
Cetraro (Calabria), Italy

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About This Conference

Building on the success of the 2016 conference held at Grand Hotel San Michele Cetraro, Italy, and that of the 2018 conference held at Comwell Borupgaard, Denmark; this third iteration of the conference will bring together a wide range of delegates from different scientific areas thereby taking a multi-disciplinary approach to assessment of waste and residual resources management in the framework of future sustainable economy.

The economic growth, urbanization and increase in population have driven a huge increase in resource consumption, with the consequent release of large amounts of waste to the environment. Waste streams can be potential sources for new products, and can improve the efficiency of resource utilization in a circular economy perspective. As a result, waste management and resource optimization are closely connected to each other.

Traditional waste management options are often discussed as standalone technologies for specific waste flows, e.g., anaerobic digestion, thermal conversion, recycling, etc. Most current waste and resource management schemes lack a holistic approach, able to cover all the sustainability aspects of the whole chain from product design, raw material extraction, production and consumption of goods and services, re-manufacturing and re-use, resource recovery from waste down to its safe final disposal. Moreover, future solutions must be well integrated with other sectors in society, such as energy, transport, materials, chemistry, medicine, and more.

In this framework, it is crucial to have reliable assessment methods, able to provide accurate and quantitative assessment of possible options for a more efficient utilization of resources and sustainable management of wastes. WasteLCA_3 conference addresses the latest developments in the area, focusing on methodologies and tools, such as Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing and Social Life Cycle Assessment, which allow a fair and reliable comparison between the performances of different waste and residual resource management solutions. Methodological developments related to these approaches will be taken into account together with important case studies.

The program includes keynote speakers, thematic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. The intention is to stimulate fruitful discussions on innovative ideas and directions to be pursued in future research activities, as well as how these approaches can be transferred to practical application in society.

Supported by Professors Arena and Barlaz, as co-Editors-in-Chiefs of the Waste Management journal, a selection of the best contributions presented at the Conference will be invited to submit manuscripts for a special issue in the Waste Management journal, focused on a topic close to those of the conference.

Previous conferences on this topic can be found at these sites (2016) and (2018).

Conference Organization

Umberto Arena, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli,” Italy

Thomas Astrup, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Conference Venue

Cetraro and Grand Hotel San Michele

Cetraro Marina, a pleasant seaside resort is about two km from the Cetraro Commune of which it is a part.  The ancient Citrarium (name derived from the abundant citrus cultivation in the area) was a center of the Bruzi rising between Paola and Capo Bonifati.  Its coast location offers many interesting boat excursions.

The picturesque Grand Hotel San Michele ( is situated on the Tyrrhenian Coast, 120 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, with a fantastic view of Calabria’s southern coast.  It offers visitors one of the prettiest locations Southern Italy has to offer and is considered by many to be one of Calabria’s finest hotels.  Its beach (120 meters below the cliffs) is accessible only by a private special elevator.  The hotel has a swimming pool, driving range, tennis court, minigolf, piano bar and billiard room.

The hotel is surrounded by an organic farm that provides the hotel with fresh organic food.  Vegetables, fruits, olive oil, wine, milk, cheese, daily laid eggs, lamb, veal and pork meat, homemade jams and preserves are all produced on San Michele Hotel’s premises.

The acreage upon which the hotel is situated is also a bird sanctuary, where bird lovers from around Italy come to observe migratory patterns.

The maximum number of people that can be hosted in the hotel is about 80; however, there are other hotels in the area and the hotel can arrange pickups.


Cetraro (Calabria), Italy

Air: The Lamezia Airport (SUF) is 75 km from the hotel.  The hotel can arrange for pick-ups.  The airport is served by Alitalia, Delta, Lufthansa and many others

Train: The Paola Railway station is about 21 km from the hotel by ItaliaRail.

Auto: Use the Motorway Roma – Caserta Sud – Salarno – Lagonegro Nord – Fondo Valle Noce.  (293 km)

General Information About ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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