Course overview

The Evaluating Sustainability Through Life Cycle Approaches course focuses on the frameworks and techniques used to evaluate the sustainability of an organisation or cohesive system. The course is aimed at professionals who need to understand the fundaments of life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting and water footprinting. By the participants should be able to undertake a Life Cycle Assessment of a system in the wider economy.

The course includes some examples from the agri-food sector, but is aimed primarily at conveying the core underlying science behind life cycle sustainability.

The additional course of on offer on “Agricultural Life cycle Analysis - More Than Just The Carbon Footprint”. We aim to run this in May 2018 and this addresses some key features of agricultural LCA that differ from LCA in the wider economy.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Select and evaluate accepted frameworks to assess the performance of processes and/or systems in terms of sustainability.
  • Identify and implement appropriate techniques to assess the environmental performance of an organisation or product or process.
  • Critically evaluate the outcomes of environmental assessment techniques in terms of life cycle sustainability.
Additional Course Information

Sustainability performance evaluators:

  • Definitions, indicators, indicator selection and analysis.
  • Assessing information against sustainability performance criteria.
  • Frameworks and techniques.
  • Environmental management systems.
  • Life cycle assessment.
  • Strategic and environmental impact assessments.
  • Carbon and water foot-printing.


Key facts

Course Dates
9-13 Dec 2019
Short Course - Five Days.
Entry Requirements
There are no specialist entry requirements.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Cranfield University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Cranfield University
Mixed Cohort
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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