Course details

  • Study-time: 4-6h

  • Target audience: Students and professionals with a principle knowledge of the level of a bachelor student

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • General Course Description

    • Meet the teachers

    • Learning objectives

    • Getting to know each other

    • Become familiar with the learning platform

  • 2

    Why LCA to evaluate the sustainability of plastics?

    • Discussion on life-cycle approach

    • Advantages of life-cycle approach

  • 3

    LCA steps and examples

    • Discussion on LCA steps

    • LCA framework

    • The Goal

    • The Scope: Functional Unit

    • The Scope: System Boundaries

    • Data Inventory

    • LCIA

    • Interpretation

    • LCA Examples 1

    • LCA Examples 2

    • Other LCA Examples

  • 4

    Challenges and opportunities for plastics

    • Discussion on challenges and opportunities

    • Circular Economy

    • Food Packaging

    • Bioplastics

    • Recycling quality

    • Plastic pollution in the marine environment - microplastics

  • 5

    LCA in a European context

    • Discussion on LCA in a European context

    • EC

    • Product Environmental Footprint - PEF

  • 6

    Conclusion

    • Concluding video

    • What did you learn?

    • Further readings

    • Help us to improve this course

    • Thanks to our sponsors

Instructor(s)

Postdoctoral researcher

Pieter Nachtergaele

Pieter Nachtergaele (°1992) is postdoctoral researcher and educator at the department of Green Chemistry and Technology at Ghent University.