Final research seminar Global Harmonization of Scopes

Date:Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 Time:09:00 - 16:00

How to reduce complexity of system analytical sustainability studies to facilitate responsible sustainability decision making in system design, procurement and other significant investments? Welcome to participate in this open final seminar of the standardization preparatory research project SCOPES!


In this final seminar we present in-depth work and results from the project on how to reduce the complexity of system analytical sustainability studies. Since the project aims to initiating an international standardization on systems analytical scope setting, at this this seminar you will also get the unique possibility to provide input to the drafting of the ISO New Work Item Proposal, aimed at leading to a new international standardization project. The standard intends to harmonize the system boundary choices ​​for a range of different environmental calculations; such as environmental damage costs, life cycle assessments and environment performance calculations. The seminar invites those with a strong drive to take the next step to put environmental and sustainability studies into broad practice and application in societal decision making.

The seminar is free of charge and it is open for anyone to participate.

Date: November 20, 2019
Time: 10.00-14.00 including a vegetarian lunch. Registration and mingle will start at 09.30
Location: Chalmers University of Technology, Vera Sandbergs allé 8, Gothenburg
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09.30-10.00      Registration and mingle with coffee and sandwich

10.00-14.00      Seminar starts. On the agenda:

  • Presentation of project and learnings so far by project team; Project manager Raul Carlsson (RISE), Ana Martha Coutiño (RISE), Bengt Steen (Chalmers) and Jimmy Yoler (SIS)
  • How to do international standardization, from proposal to publish
  • Presentation of ideas and structure for a ISO New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for reducing the complexity of system analytical sustainability studies
  • Group discussion on the proposal & vegetarian lunch
  • Next step & ways forwards to be involved in future work

The seminar ends at 14.00.

The seminar is arranged by the members of the project group; Raul Carlsson (RISE, Project manager), Bengt Steen (Chalmers), Ana Martha Coutiño (RISE), Jimmy Yoler (SIS), Jenny Lagergren and Anna Wikström (Swedish Life Cycle Center). The project SCOPES is financed by Vinnova and coordinated within Swedish Life Cycle Center. More information about the project SCOPES

Questions? Welcome to contact or the Project manager at RISE


Raul Carlsson is a Senior Research Engineer at RISE and Project manager of SCOPES. His specialty is within innovation for industrial sustainability and he has long expertise within circular economy, digitalization, smart materials. He has also been active in the ISO work to develop international standards on LCA, quantitative environmental information and environmental performance valuation. He holds a PhD in Environmental sciences (informatics and industrial sustainability) from Chalmers University of Technology.

Ana Martha Coutiño is a project manager at RISE and her fields of expertise include buisiness sustainability, life cycle assessment (LCA) and innovation management. She coordinates and execute national and international projects that contribute to sustainable consumption and production systems. Since year 2011, Ana Martha has worked with business strategy, sustainability analysis of innovations and development of circular solutions. She has experience of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, sustainable supply chains, sustainability indices & rankings and technological innovation systems. She holds a MSc Industrial Ecology and a BSc Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Bengt Steen is Professor Emeritus at Chalmers University of Technology. Since 1990 Bengt’s research has mainly been focused on Environmental Life Cycle Assessments (LCA with a particular interest to the monetary valuation of environmental impacts. He has been one of the developers of the EPS system, an LCA tool for product development. He has also been active in the ISO work to develop international standards for LCA, eco-efficiency and monetary valuation of environmental impacts. 2012 he got the SETAC Europe Life Time Award for Outstanding Achievements in LCA. Bengt Steen holds a PhD in chemical engineering at  Chalmers University of Technology from 1975.

Jimmy Yoler is a project manager as Swedish Institute for standards (SIS) and has a long history of working in criteria development projects and standardization projects within the environmental field and in an international context. Jimmy is skilled in Sustainable Development and Sustainable Business (Industrial Ecology and Circular Economy) with a knowledge of Sustainable Financing. Jimmy has a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Chemistry, Chemical engineering and Sustainable Development from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.




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