Life cycle assessment of new and emerging materials

Wednesday, 14 Apr 2021


East Midlands Materials Society (EMMS), a local society affiliated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), is holding a talk by the NCC's Dr Sophie Parsons, a specialist in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). 

As we transition towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it is more important than ever that new technology to enable this transition is environmentally sustainable. With so much environmental impact locked-in to technology from an early stage of design, it is important that we quantify impact early on to avoid environmental burden shifting.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used to understand environmental impact across a product’s life cycle – from cradle to grave. It is a useful tool for understanding new technology as it enables us to evaluate it from a systems perspective. However, there are challenges in applying LCA to new technologies at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) where there is a high degree of uncertainty on what that technology will look like at scale.

Sophie will give an overview of LCA during this talk, particularly directed at new advanced materials and technology. It will explore uncertainty and some of the challenges of modelling technology at scale, as well as giving some example case studies of how LCA has been used to do this.

The talk will start at 19:00 and last around 45 minutes.

  • National Composites Centre, Bristol
    Read more about Technology Day 6 - Joining Technology for Composites in Defence

    Technology Day 6 - Joining Technology for Composites in Defence

    04 Oct 2023
    We are partnering with TWI for our next Technology Day.

    For our next Technology Day, we’re diving deep into the realm of joining composites in Defence applications. This event is a unique opportunity for academics, the supply chain, and experts in the field, to come together and explore the cutting-edge world of composite materials. Join us as we unlock the potential of these advanced materials and their integration into the Defence sector.
  • Rotherham
    Read more about Nuclear Manufacturing Summit 2023

    Nuclear Manufacturing Summit 2023

    10 - 11 Oct 2023
    The National Composites Centre will be attending the 2023 Nuclear Manufacturing Summit, held by NAMRC, at at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. The 2023 summit will bring together manufacturers and leaders of the UK’s major nuclear programmes to share the latest information and insight.

Keep up to date

Sign up to receive the latest updates, news and events from
the National Composites Centre