Two-day course in Applied life cycle thinking

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. You will get sufficient time to practice your new skills during the course and ask the experienced course leaders and guest lecturers for support.

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 course 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 lifecycle perspective in various functions and activities, eg 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.

“Providing a two-day course in applied life cycle thinking is about to give and spread knowledge about the life cycle perspective as a part of working towards our vision “Credible and applied life cycle thinking globally”. / Sara Palander, director Swedish Life Cycle Center

Course leaders and guest speakers

The two 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.

Emma Rex – course leader
Emma Rex is a research leader in value-creating system design at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. She holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management and a PhD in Environmental Systems Analysis, with focus on implementation of a life cycle perspective in large industry organizations. Emma is an experienced project and process leader of research and innovation projects related to life cycle management, in topics such as decision making and circular economy.

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.

Björn Spak – guest speaker
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 – guest speaker
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.


E-mail: or or call +46 (0) 31-772 49 61. If you would like to attend the course but cannot participate on October 27-28, you are welcome to sign up to our list of interest for other occasions here.

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Course information

Date: 27-28 October, 2021, Day 1: 08.30 am – 16 pm, Day 2: 08.30 am – 15.30 pm.

Price: 11 500 SEK excl. VAT (Partners get a 20% discount)

Location: Online

Check-in date: On October 19 between 09.00-10.00 am (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.

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.

Please note that the course will be held in English. Note: The course can also be given to larger groups / companies in Swedish or English on request.

For questions, please send an e-mail to or call +46 (0) 31-772 49 61.



– “I have gained a greater respect for the fact that it is complicated with LCA, but that it is valuable and useful. Now I have an easier time asking questions and analyzing issues as well as an understanding of the complexity..” / Course participant Gothenburg October 2019

– “I have gained a greater understanding of life cycle thinking in general. Knowledge of the work nationally and in the EU to improve methodology and how this work relates in other important work such as the Sustainable Development Goals. ” /Course participant Stockholm November 2019

– “It is incredibly inspiring to see the outcome from the course participants as they translate the knowledge into practice: How can we as an authority influence an entire industry? How can we as a company influence our suppliers? Or how can we, at an early stage in product development, introduce this idea to make the best products and services possible?” / Emma Rex (RISE), course leader of previous course


Photo: Swedish Life Cycle Center