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


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

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

Conference Program

Conference Program          Oral Abstracts          Poster Abstracts

Conference Brochure

General Information about ECI

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

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

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

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