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AIP Heads to New Zealand for Life Cycle Inventory Training

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Professor Gordon Robertson FAIP is presenting a half-day course on Life Cycle Inventory and Carbon Footprinting in February 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The course is organised by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) in conjunction with the Packaging Council of New Zealand.

The Packaging Council of New Zealand’s Code of Practice for Packaging Design, Education and Procurement deals with low impact materials.

A key design factor in selecting packaging materials is the environmental impact these materials will have throughout the life cycle of the packaging. Understanding life cycle inventory and carbon footprinting is important for making informed decisions, which can be backed by scientific data.

Key features of the Life Cycle Inventory professional development course: 

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) that identifies and quantifies energy and resource use as well as environmental discharges through the entire product life cycle
  • Quantifies resource inputs, energy requirements and releases into the air, water or land for each step in the manufacture of a product or process 
  • Comparative analyses involving two or more packages on the basis of providing equivalent function with the results giving an environmental profile of the systems studied
  • Identifies those system components or life cycle steps that mainly impact the environment such as energy use, solid waste as well as atmospheric and waterborne emissions
  • Helps companies effectively target efforts for environmental improvement
  • Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), an extension of LCI to identify potential environmental and health impacts of products or processes

At the completion of the half day training course, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand Life Cycle Inventory (LCI)
  • Be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of LCI 
  • Examine real LCIs that have been performed on actual packages
  • Have a basic understanding of PAS 2050 and carbon footprinting

Who should attend?

The Life Cycle Inventory course is suitable for people with a direct interest and involvement in packaging within all packaging-associated industries, encompassing production, development, technical, purchasing, sales, QA/QC, marketing, regulatory and development functions.  

The course will be particularly relevant for companies who plan to introduce measurement systems in line with performance indicators in Section 3 of the Packaging Council of New Zealand’s Code of Practice for Packaging Design, Education and Procurement.  

The training course will be held on Thursday the 24th of February 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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