Interesting life cycle research presented in Aachen

Tuesday, 13 September, 2022

Several representatives from Swedish Life Cycle Center’s partner organizations attended the 8th International Conference on Social Life Cycle Assessment in Aachen, Germany, September 5-8. About 60 presentations were held and about 160 delegates, of which 40 online, joined the conference.

Elisabeth, Rickard and Ida, the 8th International Conference on Social Life Cycle Assessment in Aachen, 2022. Photo: Rebecca Todzey.

Elisabeth Ekener presented a work where she, together with her KTH colleague Mathias Lindkvist, tries to answer what the ultimate objects of protection in a social LCA are, corresponding to “areas of protection” in environmental LCA.

Ida Aguilar Johansson from IVL presented her Master’s thesis, where she, together with colleague Malin Björkner, evaluated social risks in cotton cultivation and textile production in Turkey. The Master’s thesis was carried out at Chalmers and in collaboration with the company Nudie Jeans.

Rickard Arvidsson from Chalmers presented two studies dealing with positive and negative health impacts during the life cycle of lithium ion batteries. These studies are part of a project specifically focused on the social sustainability of lithium-ion batteries.

Fun facts: Total emissions due to the conference were estimated to 52 tons of CO2. Climate compensation made for several certified projects with connection to the SDGs.


Social Life Cycle Assessment of Denim Fabric Produced from Turkish Organic Cotton

“Blood Batteries”? Social Life Cycle Impacts of Lithium Ion Batteries