What is the status of LCA research and application in Indonesia? The Indonesian Life Cycle Assessment Network (ILCAN) focused on the issue with of its first national workshop and annual meeting, held on 24-25 November 2015 in Puspiptek, Serpong.
Better identifying LCA research and application
The workshop provided a forum for LCA researchers and practitioners to share their works and to meet others who work in the same area.
Keynote speakers were Mr. Noer Adi Wardojo from MOEF (Indonesia), Dr. Cécile Bessou from CIRAD (France), Prof. Shabbir Gheewala from KMUTT (Thailand), and Assoc. Prof. Yasuhiro Fukushima from Tohoku University (Japan). There were also 15 other invited speakers presenting various topics on LCA. It was a successful meeting with more than 100 active participants from academia, government, and private sectors.
In addition to ILCAN, the event was co-organized and financed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Pelita Harapan University, and PT Sucofindo.
100 active participants from academia, government, and private sectors joined in. It was a success for the young network, which was established in December 2014 by researchers and lecturers from research institutions and universities in Indonesia.
A network to promote LCA research in Indonesia
The Indonesian Life Cycle Assessment Network is a voluntary, non-profit organization with the objective to promote LCA research and its application to support sustainable development in Indonesia. It was established in December 2014 by researchers and lecturers from research institutions and universities in Indonesia.
The main programs are to share information on LCA methodology and to build capacity on LCA competency to interested parties in academia, government, and industry. These will be implemented through developing website, publishing newsletters, organizing seminars and trainings. ILCAN positions himself as a pool of LCA resources and experts. In addition to researchers and lecturers, the membership has grown up to cover also practitioners, government, and private sectors.
It is expected that in the future ILCAN could contribute in enhancing research activities on LCA and promoting the implementation of life cycle perspective in product development in Indonesia.
Research and application of LCA in Indonesia is still in the early stages of development. It is indicated by the relatively small number of scientific publications as compared to those of other countries in the ASEAN region.