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Environmental impact assessment


ECTS Credits : 2

Duration : 21 hours

Semester : S8

Person(s) in charge :

Olivier MIRGAUX, Associate professor,  

Keywords :  Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) of processes, products and services

Prerequisites :  SP141 Course

Objective : To be capable of conducting and LCA in a conventional manner

Building on the systemic process analysis seen in course SP141, we study here the way the impact of processes, products and services is assessed by the LCA method. This methodology is today internationally acknowledged, by institutional organisations (such as PNUE and Ademe for example) as well as by companies (Total, Veolia, eDF, Arcelormittal...).

This course will study the methodology in detail within the normative framework (ISO14040 series) and will be completed by case studies developed in class.

At the end of the course, students will have all the initial concepts required to understand, criticise and carry out a LCA in a conventional manner. A dedicated software, widely used in companies, will be used in class (GABI4).


Abilities : 


Description and operational verbs


The compatibility rules of elementary flows linked to a system, the different environmental impacts


how an elementary flow develops into an environmental impact. What a cause and effect chain is.


The methodology developed in class within the ISO14040 series framework


Results at different complexity levels and draw the necessary conclusions


The different results of a LCA, be capable of taking a step back to draw conclusions and recommendations


Develop one's critical judgement and be capable of giving a scientifically supported point of view on the environmental issues

Evaluation :

  • Written test
  • Continuous Control
  • Oral report
  • Project
  • Written report
  • Aucune étiquette