Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Uncertainty and Life Cycle Analysis for emerging technologies and materials

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Time: 13:00
Location: University of Bath, Building 9 West, Room 3.08 (maps)
Speaker: Dr Jaqi Lee, University of Surrey
20150316-jaqi Amidst the rapid development in new technologies and materials we are confronted by both conventional and novel environmental challenges and opportunities. Gaps exist in the present state of knowledge or experience and understanding and managing the uncertainties that these gaps cause in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is essential. Using case studies, this seminar will examine how LCA can be used, and the issues that may arise in interpreting and disseminating the results. Traditionally used for more established technology systems, environmental LCA is now being applied by policy-makers, researchers and industry. However, the aleatory (variability) and epistemic (system process) uncertainties in LCAs of these systems need to be handled correctly and communicated in the analysis. Otherwise, the results risk being misinterpreted, misguiding decisionmaking processes and could lead to significant detrimental effects for industry, research and policy-making.

About the speaker: Dr. Jacquetta Lee is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Environmental Strategy, with a strong background in both industry and academia that has enabled her to develop a comprehensive, life cycle based systems approach to sustainability, and an understanding of the key characteristics which facilitate or inhibit its adoption across different social groupings and industrial sectors including aerospace, construction, and fast moving consumer goods. Her current research interest is the development and application ‘absolute sustainability’ to industry, in particular, the collation and interaction between different data types needed for social, technical and economic analysis. She is the Director of the Practitioner Doctorate Programme in Sustainability.

Refreshments will be served from 12:45 and the seminar will commence at 13:00.