UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Introduction to LCA for Sustainable Bioprocesses

Learn the technique of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the bioprocess sector

For the biotechnology sector, a growing awareness of sustainability is informing process decisions from design to manufacture. Diminishing our environmental footprint is asking us to consider how we reduce waste and make informed material choices or bioprocess changes. Evaluating the benefit of any improvements in a quantitative manner is important both for internal and external communication. 

This course will cover the key stages of LCA preparation and will: 

  • Explain key terminology and frameworks used in the preparation of sustainability evaluations. 
  • Introduce participants to the sequence of stages involved in LCA: how to define the goal and scope of an LCA study; what kinds of data are required for the life cycle inventory; how to select an impact assessment method; how to interpret findings from an LCA. 
  • Demonstrate how LCA data can be used within the bioprocess sector at various stages to inform decision making  

This module is designed for individuals who are: 

  • New to LCA and aim to understand the fundamentals
  • Seeking to prepare for further training in LCA software
  • Wishing to facilitate communications between process development teams and LCA practitioners 
Module Leader

Dr Brenda Parker holds a MEng and PhD in Biochemical Engineering from University College London (UCL), UK. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sustainable Bioprocess Design Within the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together the fields of biotechnology, sustainability and design. Her recent work has focussed on the use of microalgae for remediation of heavy metal pollution. Together with Professor Marcos Cruz, she directs two degrees, Bio-Integrated Design MSc/MArch, at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.

Programme Outline

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