Life Cycle Analysis: Horizon 2020 helps pave the way for Israel’s new Strategy

on 25 June 2013.

The EU funded Horizon 2020 Capacity Building / Mediterranean Environment Programme closed the first half of 2013 with a much anticipated national workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel on a leading instrument for environmental decision support, namely the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). The two-day workshop, held on 18-19 June 2013, was entitled “Life Cycle Assessment: Data Collection and Databases” and was attended by more than 50 participants aiming to improve their knowledge of this integrated approach and also contribute to the development of an LCA strategy currently underway by the Ministry of Environment.

The training was organized by the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC) and the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) with the support of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Life Cycle Initiative (a joint programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)), the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel and the Tel Aviv University. It was held back-to-back with the National Conference on Business and Environment.

Participants were carefully selected to represent a wide range of stakeholders thus creating a very fertile environment for an open and constructive discussion on the country’s LCA strategy.

The workshop explored both the environmental and social aspects of LCA and discussed data collection and the development of databases. Case studies drawn from Israel and Europe were presented and followed by a brainstorming session which led to the identification of actions for the mainstreaming of LCA. Participants gained hands-on experience on the use of LCA databases through exercises.