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Transform your department or organization with MIT Professional Education group benefits

The more team members you enroll in your organization, the more benefits you can acquire. Depending on the number of members enrolled in our courses, you could obtain these benefits:

  • Special pricing
  • Focus-based, industry-specific feedback from specialized learning facilitators
  • Collaborative learning experience
  • Overall better performance and outcomes

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Why Enroll in this Course?

Master life cycle assessment software and databases.

Quantify the environmental impact of a product, process, or service throughout its life.

Manage life cycle assessment software and databases to optimize decision-making.

Stay in accordance with the methods and policies defined by ISO 14040 series standards.

Life Cycle Assessment is the central ingredient to sustainable transitions in manufacturing, cost reduction, and brand identity improvements. With future policy changes on the horizon for a more sustainable planet, this Life Cycle Assessment course paves the way for organizations to comply with the future of work and is the solution to a sustainable brand.

What will you learn?

Define the objective & scope of LCAs

Collect data for LCAs

Quantify the environmental impacts of products and processes

Interpret the results of an LCA

Apply LCAs to product, firm, and policy decisions

Master LCA software and databases

Be guided step-by-step in carrying out a real LCA using openLCA software and authentic databases

Certificate Life Cycle Assessment | MIT Professional Education

All the participants who successfully complete their program will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*.

To obtain CEUs, complete the accreditation confirmation, which is available at the end of the course. CEUs are calculated for each course based on the number of learning hours.

*The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 contact hours of ongoing learning to indicate the amount of time they have devoted to a non-credit/non-degree professional development program.

To understand whether or not these CEUs may be applied toward professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours, please consult your training department or licensing authority directly.

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Course Outline

Module 1: Life Cycle Assessment Overview

To begin, we will define the concept of an LCA, explore different types of LCAs, and define the terminology associated with LCAs. Software component: Install and Explore openLCA.

Module 2: Goal and Scope

In this module, we will gain a deeper understanding of establishing the purpose and focus of an LCA. We will also explore the ways in which we set limits for analysis and its effects on the outcome. Lastly, we will introduce the concept of interdependencies when evaluating environmental impacts. Software component: Defining Goal and Scope.

Module 3: Life Cycle Inventory

Discover the inventory step of an LCA and the procedures for doing so, including analyzing what data is needed and where this information can be obtained. Additionally, understand the challenges of multi-output systems and methods for managing them. Software component: Conducting an LCI.

Module 4: Life Cycle Impact Assessment

Here, we will review the procedure for conducting an LCIA in response to the objectives outlined in the goal and scope, recognize the main impact categories, how they differ, and how they are measured, and, lastly, normalize data and account for uncertainty. Software component: Creating a Model and Conducting LCIA (Optional).

Module 5: Interpretation to Support Decisions

In this module, we will review the different types of uncertainty and their causes and understand how uncertainty is calculated. Additionally, we will interpret and communicate LCA results with relevant disclaimers. Software component: Calculating Uncertainty with openLCA.

Module 6: Case Studies

In the last module, we will explore LCA case studies of popular beauty and sports products, look at a leading tech brand's corporate footprint, and examine how LCAs can be used to support policy decisions. Software component: LCA Report and Description of Final Application.



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Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT

Very well crafted course, particularly for working professionals. I work with LCA practitioners to commission different LCAs and then communicate the results internally. This course has been very beneficial in improving my understanding of the LCA process, and has empowered me to ask the right questions to practitioners, and answer the questions I get internally more confidently. Thanks for opening the windows of opportunity to me!

Anup Joshi - Quality Lead, Stantec

Professionals from these leading organizations have completed this course:

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Logo Samsung Electronics
Logo Omega Energy US
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