546-0800/02 – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantorIng. Jana Kodymová, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Jana Kodymová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KOD009 Ing. Jana Kodymová, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 8+8

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Product life cycle assessment, ecodesign, environmental labels and declarations, benefits for environment

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Project work


Environmental impact of products during their full life cycle, life cycle thinking, life cycle assessment, ecodesign, integrated product policy, circular economy

Compulsory literature:

ZBICINSKI I., STAVENUIR J., KOZLOWSKA B., v.d.COEVERING H.:Product Design and Life Cycle Assessment (book 3 v serii Environmental Management BUP), The Baltic University Press, 2006, ISBN 91-975526-2-3 Norms ISO 14040 and 14044 MATTHEWS, H. SCOTT, Hendrickson, Chris T., and MATTHEWS Deanna, Life Cycle Assessment: Quantitative Approaches for Decisions that Matter, 2014. Open access textbook, retrieved fromhttps://www.lcatextbook.com/ BREZET H.: Design for Sustainability, UNEP, TU Delft 2006 (http://www.d4s-de.org/manual/d4stotalmanual.pdf)

Recommended literature:

KLOEPFFER, W. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): A Guide to Best Practice (1st Edition) (2014) 440p ISO/TR 14047:2012 Environmental management -- Life cycle assessment -- Illustrative examples on how to apply ISO 14044 to impact assessment situations ISO/TR 14049:2012 Environmental management -- Life cycle assessment -- Illustrative examples on how to apply ISO 14044 to goal and scope definition and inventory analysis CINELLI, M., COLES, S.R., JORGENSEN, A., ZAMAGNI, A., FERNANDO, C., KIRWAN, K. Workshop on life cycle sustainability assessment: The state of the art and research needs - November 26, 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013) International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 18 (7), pp. 1421-1424

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

discussion within the lecture, active participation in seminars, semestral project, participation in seminars min. 75%, oral exam


Other requirements

Group project in the frame of exercise, work with LCA software


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction – products and environment, resources exhaustion, waste generation. 2. Product life cycle – „from craddle to grave“ or „ from craddle to craddle“ 3. Product impact assessment through entire life cycle (LCA) - ISO 14040, ISO 14044 4. Goal and scope definition, unit system and functional unit, system borders. Data quality requirements, sources of data, exploitation of databases. Inventory analysis. 5. LC impact assessment, categories, indicators, standardization. Interpretention of LCA 6. LCA reporting, independent report quality assessment. LCA results exploration 7. Product environmental impact mitigation based on LCA results. Relation of LCA to other product tools – ecodesign, environmental labels and declarations. 8. Ecodesign (DfE, DfS, D4S) – definition. Functional and environmental performance of product. Connection to LCA. 9. Ecodesign strategies 10.End-of-life product management 11.EU integrated product policy and its reflection in Czech legislation in force 12.Environmental labels and declarations – Czech National Programme 13.Green marketing, green purchasing for public sector 14.Product management as a part of EMS

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  34
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: semestral project, participation in seminars min. 75%, oral exam

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2020/2021 (N0724A290006) Preventive Approaches in Environmental Protection P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0724A290006) Preventive Approaches in Environmental Protection K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

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