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Expert Advisory Committee Meeting on Life Cycle Approaches – September 8, 2011


The purpose of the Expert Advisory Committee meeting was to:

  • Review the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy’s (NRT) preliminary project scope;
  • Exchange ideas and suggestions to further strengthen the scope of the project and better define key research questions;
  • Discuss ideas for potential case studies to illustrate barriers and opportunities related to Life Cycle Approaches (LCAs); and,
  • Provide information and insights to help the NRT make useful and pragmatic recommendations to the Government of Canada (GoC) in March 2012.

Discussion Paper

This meeting is the first of two Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) meetings that will help direct and inform the National Round Table ’s (NRT) Life Cycle Approach (LCA) project.   This first meeting will be instrumental in defining priority areas for action on the uptake of LCA in Canada.  The second, tentatively scheduled for early 2012, will focus primarily on recommendations to the Government of Canada (GoC).

This paper sets out the context for the September 8 EAC meeting   It includes questions designed to help in defining priority LCA areas for action for both the Canadian private sector and the federal government, taking into consideration the barriers and
opportunities of increasing the uptake of LCA policies and tools along the spectrum of the life cycle of a product, program or policy. [Read discussion paper]


9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and  introductions René Drolet, NRT
9:15-10:00 Presentation:  NRT’s
LCA project – Scope and approach
David McLaughlin,  NRT
10:15 – 11:00 Proposed scope and approach – General comments Roundtable
11:00 – 12:00 Theme 1: How the GoC can incorporate LCAs in  its internal operations and decision-making processes
– Key research questions
Roundtable discussion
1:00–1:45 Theme 2: How the GoC can support the uptake of LCAs in
the private sector through federal policies and programs –
Key research questions
Roundtable discussion
2:00 – 2:45 Theme 3: Enabling instruments that are necessary for the
GoC to support the uptake of LCAs in the public and private sectors – Key research
Roundtable discussion
2:45 – 3:00 Closing Remarks David McLaughlin, 


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