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

An ECI Conference

June 5-10, 2016
Grand Hotel San Michele
Cetraro (Calabria), Italy

Final Program

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Poster Presenters: Posters should be printed in AO size, portrait format (84 cm wide by 118 cm high).

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About This Conference

Rapid economic growth, urbanization and increasing 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. As a result, waste management and resource optimization are closely connected to each other. Most current waste and resource management schemes lack a holistic approach, able to cover 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. In this framework, it is crucial to have reliable assessment tools, able to provide an accurate and quantitative assessment of possible options for a more efficient utilization of resources and sustainable management of wastes.

The conference aims at stimulating a discussion on current waste management systems in both developing and developed countries, with the view to encouraging a more holistic Resource Management approach as opposed to the traditional “end-of-pipe” Waste Management model. The Conference will focus on concepts and tools that allow a fair and reliable comparison between the environmental, economic and social performance of different waste and resource management systems and waste treatment options. Particular attention will be given to case studies of Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing and Material Flow Accounting for specific waste management options and waste and resource management planning, especially concerning waste streams other than Municipal Solid Waste.

List of topics

  • LCA and other assessment tools for Waste and Resource Management and Planning 
  • Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Industrial Ecology and Resource Management
  • Design for Environment, Environmental Footprint, Product Declarations
  • Applications in specific sectors: metals and End-of-Life Vehicles
  • Case studies of LCA for specific waste management options
  • Case studies of LCA in the construction sector
  • Case studies of industrial symbiosis

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Conference Organization


Professor Umberto Arena
Full Professor of Chemical Engineering
Second University of Naples, Italy

Professor Thomas Astrup
Full Professor of Environmental Engineering
Denmark Technical University, Denmark

Professor Paola Lettieri
Full professor of Chemical Engineering
University College London, United Kingdom

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

The idea for the conference stemmed from discussions during the XVII meeting of the International Expert Group (IEG) on Life Cycle Assessment for Integrated Waste Management held in Naples in 2014. The SAC includes some of the IEG members, together with other experts in the field, from academia, industry and national agencies:

Professor Morton Barlaz (University of North Caroline, USA)
Professor Dezhen Chen (Tongji University, China)
Mr. Terry Coleman (Resource and Waste Solutions, UK)
Dr. Anders Damgaard (Denmark Technical University, Denmark)
Professor Paulo Ferrao (IST-Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Professor Goran Finnveden (KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Dr. Maria Ljunggren Söderman (Chalmers University, Sweden)
Professor Mario Grosso (Politecnico of Milan, Italy)
Professor Markus A. Reuter (Outotec Oyj, Finland)
Ms. Susan Thorneloe (EPA-Environmental Protection Agency, USA)

Local Organizing Committee

Professor Lidia Lombardi (University Niccolò Cusano, Italy)
Miss Noemi Arena (University of Surrey, UK)
Miss Filomena Ardolino (Second University of Naples, Italy)
Mr. Pierluca Vitale (Second University of Naples, Italy)

ECI Liaison

Professor Franco Berruti
University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Honorary Chair

Professor Roland Clift
Professor Emeritus,
University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Technical sponsorship/endorsement

–         Amra Research Centre
–         Centre for Environmental Strategy-University of Surrey
–         Denmark Technical University
–         IEG, International Expert Group for LCA in Waste Management
–         ISIE, International Society for Industrial Ecology
–         Second University of Naples
–         University College London

Conference Format and Abstracts 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. 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 presentations:     Closed

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at

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


The conference abstract book will be provided to the participants in electronic form.

ECI will publish the PowerPoint presentations on its web page.

Selected contributions will be invited for submission for possible publication, following ordinary review process, on the Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals, farm tour, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome drink and dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

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Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,480.00 US $1,680.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,360.00 US $1,560.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $925.00 US $1,125.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all meals and drinks as well as the conference excursion) US $495.00 US $495.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Pre/Post Conference Registration:  If you plan to arrive before June 5th or stay after June 10th, you must make separate room reservations directly with the hotel.  Go to THIS PAGE and click on the appropriate conference to access the form for the hotel.

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Special Notes and Payment Instructions

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before May 2, 2016.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

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Conference Venue

CalabriaCalabria is the tip of the beautiful Italian peninsula; it borders with Basilicata and stretches between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the lonian Sea in the direction of Sicily, from which it is divided by the Strait of Messina.

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.


Air: The Lamezia Airport is 75 km from the hotel.  The hotel can arrange for pick-ups.

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

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

Final Program

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General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit 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

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