Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) is a systemic framework that takes a holistic view of the production and consumption of a product or service and assesses its impacts on the environment through the entire life cycle. Using an LCT approach means that negative impacts are minimized while avoiding the transfer of these impacts from one life cycle stage to another. When applied to product design, production processes, LCT is critical to decision-making for devising and implementing effective sustainability strategies.

In this context, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) represents one of the most thorough and reliable methods to assess environmental and social impacts of business and public policy decisions. The aim of this workshop is to enable Indian professionals interested in LCA to learn more about the topic from national and international experts. The workshop is ideal for management executives, environmental consultants, practitioners in industry, academia, and research institutes to get started with Life Cycle approaches. It is carefully designed with instructor-led presentations, interactive sessions, and case studies to develop clear understanding of tools and methodologies.

Consciousness across the world is growing that we need models that allow economic growth with sustainability of our natural and social capital. To fully embed sustainability and make true change happen, a systemic approach to building solutions is key.

Current approaches to environmental sustainability are increasingly seen as being sub-optimal because decision-making processes of governments, businesses and individuals lack a holistic systems perspective. Initiatives to address one challenge have led to unintended trade-offs resulting in other challenges. Today's popular ideas like Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), Circular Economy, Inclusive Green Economy, all highlight the importance of assessing and managing impacts throughout the life cycle of products and policies. The need for life cycle approaches to meet sustainability challenges has been recognized globally, e.g. the push for materiality analysis in North America, for Circular Economy policies in the EU, Japan, and China, as well as the inclusion of Life Cycle Assessment in environmental management system ISO 14001:2015. Decision-makers concerned with Sustainability issues can no longer avoid integration of Life Cycle Thinking into their decision-making processes.

For more details please contact:

Prof. Suresh Jain, TERI School of Advanced Studies, (Earlier TERI University), 10 Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070 

Tel: +91-11-7180 0222; Email: