Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Chemical Engineers

Topic Sustainability

CPD Hours 3.5*

Price IChemE Member: FREE, Non-member: £265 + VAT


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a systematic tool that evaluates environmental impacts over the life cycle of a product or service. As the Sustainability Hub assists chemical engineers in supporting the UN Sustainability Development Goals, this training course will be a key knowledge strand that has the potential to influence them all. 

The course includes pre-recorded and interactive content, recommended further learning and an end-of-course assessment. You will receive an automated end-of-course certificate, subject to successful completion of the assessment.

As part of the Sustainability Hub’s suite of on-demand training courses, IChemE Members can currently obtain free access to this course by inputting a discount code. See below for more details.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will gain an introductory level understanding of:

  • the needs for, and purpose of, an LCA on a product and/or process
  • how an LCA is performed on a simple product and/or process
  • interpreting the outcome of an LCA
  • the challenges in implementing LCA within your organisation
  • how LCA can support ‘sustainability thinking’.

Who will benefit

Chemical engineers at all levels, across all sectors, seeking to develop a better understanding of life cycle assessment.

Course outline

Unit 1: Introduction to LCA

  • Sustainable development
  • System thinking and LCA
  • LCA applications

Unit 2: Conducting an LCA

  • Goal and scope
  • Inventory analysis
  • Impact assessment
  • Interpretation

Unit 3: LCA case study – conducting an LCA

Unit 4: LCA examples – interpreting an LCA

  • Goal of LCA interpretation
  • Presenting LCA results
  • Uncertainty in LCA

Unit 5: LCA in your organisation – opportunities and challenges

  • Value creation
  • Industry examples
  • Managing the LCA process


This on-demand course is delivered via IChemE’s Virtual Learning Zone (registration required). You will be able to access the training course via your web browser and complete the course at your own pace. You will have access to the course for six months and will be required to complete the course within this time frame.


Free access to IChemE Members

As part of the launch of the new Sustainability Hub, IChemE Members can currently obtain free access to this course by inputting a discount code. The code has been shared with Members via:

  • Member News
  • Direct email campaigns
  • The article on the Sustainability Hub in TCE issue 969

If you cannot find the discount code, please contact us confirming your IChemE Membership number.

Multiple users

If purchasing for multiple users, the following discounts are available:

  • 2-5 users – 25% discount
  • 6-10 users – 35% discount
  • 11-50 users – 50% discount

How to purchase

Buying for yourself – purchase here

Buying on behalf of someone else or for multiple users – purchase here

Train your team

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements, and this could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

* CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

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