The first Australian LCA conference for agriculture & food – AgriFoodLCA presented global sustainability experts and local specialists

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The 1st Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Conference for Agriculture and Food was held in Melbourne on 23rd and 24th November. The conference featured international experts and local specialists in LCA. The conference is part of a week-long LCA Conference Series at the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens.

A few highlights from the conference include:

·         Nestle’s Research Center’s Life Cycle Assessment Expert Dr Urs Schenker presented how they improve the environmental performance of their products, and have rolled-out a systematic ecodesign process throughout the Nestlé R&D organization. This way Nestle get a clear understanding of the environmental life-cycle impacts of our products – from agricultural production and the sourcing of ingredients through to what happens at the end of a product’s life – across the value chain.

·         Local expert and CSIRO Nutrition and Health Research Director Professor Manny Noakes presented. A key opinion leader and trusted advisor in nutrition and health both nationally and internationally, she was instrumental in the development and release of five editions of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. Since launched in 2004, it has sold over one million copies in Australia and won several awards including the World Food Media Award for best health publication.

·         Edge Environment Director Jonas Bengtsson presented on Edge’s work with KFC Australia’s environmental and social farm to fork/finger supply chain engagement project. KFC Australia are partnering with some of their largest suppliers to undertake a Farm to Fork (F2F) study, identifying the environmental and social hotspots in their business and uncovering the opportunities for improvement and collaboration on sustainability.

A Gold Sponsor of AgriFoodLCA, the Australian Government’s Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) will share the latest research and developments to secure a more profitable and sustainable rural sector: “The transition to a green economy is underway that applies to all industries but especially agriculture, a sector that relies on valuable but vulnerable land and water resources,” explains RIRDC’s External Research Manager Simon Winter.

The ALCAS 2015 Conference Series also feature LCM Australia 2015, The 9th Australian Conference on Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Management, and AusBuildLCA, The 1st Life Cycle Assessment Conference for Building and Construction. Find out more at www.lcaconference.com.au

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The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) is the national peak body for the LCA industry. Run by Australian LCA professionals with international connections, the society provides objective scientific tools and tangible support for better decision-making. With systematic approaches to combat climate change, ALCAS works to mainstream lifecycle thinking to translate sustainability strategy into action.

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