Two-day course in Applied life cycle thinking November 2022 – ONLINE

Start:Tuesday, 15 November, 2022, 08:30 End:Wednesday, 16 November, 2022, 15:30

The life cycle perspective, understanding the environmental impacts of a product or service throughout the value chain, is gaining increased importance in business as well as in public sector and authorities. In this two-day course you will get a deeper understanding on how to apply life cycle thinking in your organization, through real cases and proven methods. Registration is now open!

Target group

The course is aimed for you who need a better understanding of the life cycle perspective, life cycle assessment (LCA) and its role for sustainable development in your organization. You work for example as a strategist, environmental coordinator / environmental manager, buyer or investigator in public sector or business and focus on sustainability. No prior knowledge in LCA is required. The education provides knowledge in:

  • How a life cycle perspective affects companies and authorities.
  • What LCA is and what benefit it can give you.
  • Specific application of the life cycle perspective in various functions and activities, for example in procurement and environmental communication.
  • Product Environmental Footprint and other life cycle-based policy development nationally and globally.
  • How to implement life cycle thinking in your organization.


Course objectives

After the course, you have the knowledge and inspiration to use a life cycle perspective in your own business. You know the concepts of life cycle thinking and life cycle management and have gained comprehensive examples of how they can be applied for increased business benefit and for strategic decision making. You have gained an understanding of life cycle assessment as a method, its applications, strengths and weaknesses, and you are confident in using life cycle information in your work.

Course leaders

The course leaders have long experience from academia, research institutes as well as working with organisations’ sustainability work. Together with handpicked guest lecturers they will provide you with the tools you need.


Karin Sanne – course leader
Karin Sanne is head of Life Cycle Management Group at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. She has a MSc. in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and has worked with applied life cycle perspective both as assessments like LCA/EPD and strategic in industry organizations and Research Institute during more than twenty years. Karin gives regularly trainings around LCA methodology and use of life cycle thinking.



Kristian Jelse – course leader
Kristian Jelse is a sustainability consultant and the owner of Greendesk. He has a MSc. in Engineering Physics and Industrial Ecology from Chalmers University of Technology, and has since 2008 worked with applying, developing and communicating the life cycle perspective and its applications. He has previously organized trainings and seminars in Sweden and abroad, and been a recurring guest lecturer at universities on the topics of LCA, EPD and environmental communication.

Guest lecturers

Björn Spak is an advisor at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency with responsibility of environmental footprints and ecodesign and has been working with LCAs within industry and research institutes since 1999. Björn will talk about how the government agency is working with applied life cycle thinking on a policy level.




Erik Nellström is responsible for the product-related sustainability at Scania’s research and development. Erik will share his experiences about how Scania uses life cycle assessment as a tool for targeting and following up development projects, as well as business targets.




Please note that course will be held in English.


Please send an e-mail to or call +46 (0) 31-772 4961. If you would like to attend the course but cannot participate on November 15-16, you are welcome to sign up to our list of interest for other occasions here.

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Date: November 15-16, 2022.

Time: Day 1: kl. 08.30-16, Day 2: 08.30-15.30 (CET)

Price: 14 000 SEK excl. VAT (Partners get a 20% discount)

Location: Online with Zoom.

Digital format: The course is adapted to fit a digital format, with lectures, group exercises and IT tools that give all participants a good course experience online. The maximum number of course participants is limited to 16 in order to e.g. enable good discussion groups and provide time for dialogue with the course leaders.

Check-in date: On November 7, 2022 between 13.00-14.00 (online), we gather all course participants and course leaders for a short check-in and get together, to get to know each other, ask questions to the course leaders and go through the expectations of the course. On this occasion, you also have the opportunity to test the IT-tools that will be used in the course.

Language: The course will be held in English. On request, the course can be held in English or Swedish for larger groups at a separate occasion.