WasteLCA_3: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Waste Management and Resource Optimization

An ECI Conference Series

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

Call for Abstracts!     Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:     January 20, 2020

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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 or resources, 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.

WasteLCA_3 conference addresses the latest developments in the area, focusing on concepts and tools, such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA), which allow a fair and reliable comparison between the performances of different waste and residual resource management solutions. Methodological developments related to these concepts and tools 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.

List of topics

  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of municipal and industrial waste management scenarios
  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of the management of specific waste streams in a circular economy perspective
  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of waste prevention initiatives, product design in a circular economy perspective
  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of specific/novel waste technologies and the integration of such technologies into connected systems (e.g. energy and transport)
  • Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Methodological developments in relation to sustainability assessment for waste management and resource optimization
  • Effects of legislation and policy on future waste management criteria

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

Conference Organization


Prof. Umberto Arena
Full professor of Waste Management and Industrial Pollution Control Engineering
University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”
Dept. of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies
Email: umberto.arena@unicampania.it

Prof. Thomas Astrup
Full professor of Environmental Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
Department of Environmental Engineering
Residual Resource Engineering
E-mail: thas@env.dtu.dk

Honorary Chair:

Prof. Morton Barlaz
Distinguished University Professor and Head
Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
E-mail: barlaz@ncsu.edu

Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Dezhen Chen (Tongji University, China)
Prof. Roland Clift (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Dr. Anders Damgaard (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Prof. Mario Grosso (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Prof. Paulo Ferrao (Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Prof. James W. Levis (North Carolina State University, USA)
Prof. Lidia Lombardi (University “Niccolò Cusano”, Italy)
Prof. Antonio Massarutto (University of Udine, Italy)
Mrs. Susan Thorneloe (Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
Dr. Davide Tonini (European Commission Joint Research Centre, Spain)

Technical Organizing Committee

Dr. Filomena Ardolino (University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy)
Dr. Noemi Arena (Costain, United Kingdom)
Mr. Giovanni Francesco Cardamone (University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy)
Miss Concetta Lodato (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

ECI liaison

Prof. Franco Berruti
Full professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources
University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Email: fberruti@uwo.ca

Abstract Submission and Publications

Conference Format and Abstract Submission

This conference will follow the usual ECI format, consisting of planned morning and late afternoon/early evening sessions with sufficient free time to be used for ad hoc sessions, networking and discussions among the participants and for small group-specific activities.

All persons whose abstracts are accepted will be required to give an oral presentation (that will be of approximately ten minutes) and to prepare a poster for discussion at the poster session that evening.  This will allow intensive discussion of the technical materials presented.

One-page abstracts should be submitted by the deadline indicated below, and preferably as soon as possible. Please indicate the topic in the list above which best describes your work.  You may choose up to two topics.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed, in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the Chairs, Co-chairs and Scientific Advisory Committee.

Deadline for abstracts for oral/poster presentations:      January 20, 2020

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at This Link.

The abstract template available at the above link must be used for an abstract to be considered for presentation.


Following the approach of several ECI conferences, there will not be any pre-conference publications. The conference abstract book will be provided to the participants in electronic form (on a USB support or sending a link to download a zip file a few days before the conference).

ECI will publish the power point presentations on its web page.

Supported by Professors Arena and Barlaz, as co-Editors-in-Chief 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. In any case, this special issue will be open to contributions from outside the conference.

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 (www.sanmichele.it) 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)

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

We expect to open registration in November 2019.   The estimated conference fee (including registration; single hotel room for nights of June 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25, and meals from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch) is US$1550, dependent on exchange rates.

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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