The 2017 ALCAS Symposium (in conjunction with IELab) was held at North Stradbroke Island in Queensland in November. The LCA symposium highlighted advancements in LCA theory and practice in Australia.
The conference brought together the two branches of LCA - environmental extended input output (EEIO) LCA and bottom up unit process LCA. Lifecycles' Tim Grant (also ALCAS' secretary), Brett Sharma and our resident PhD student Roihatai Kaewmai were all in attendance.
Participants got to see a wide variety of research and commercial applications of LCA. There were presentations from students and LCA professionals across different sectors and topics, including transport, buildings, agriculture and food. There were also examples of innovative approaches to combine EEIO with AusLCI in hybrid LCA models.
Barney Foran challenged conference delegates in his opening and closing keynotes to answer the big picture questions on sustainability, in particular those relating to the problems of consumption in modern day economies.