International Workshop for Scope 3 Standard and LCA for Organization (Nov 21, 2013)

October 24, 2013

Life cycle assessment (LCA) has already been widely used as a general method for analyzing environmental performance of a product, as LCA method can capture a whole picture of the product environmental impacts in an entire life cycle from resource mining to disposal. In addition, ISO14040/14044 (2006) had already been issued, describing LCA method to assess environmental aspects of products/services.

The possible application of LCA method, however, is not limited to product/service, and activities to try to apply LCA method to organization (company) have been recently increasing in the world, as LCA method can be used for assessing environmental aspects associated with a subject, as well as improving its environmental impacts.

The concept of LCA application to organization has been disseminated by “Scope 3” (or “Value Chain”) Standard of GHG Protocol (WRI/WBCSD). Following the Scope 3, concept of “carbon footprint of organization” has been shown by ISO/TR14069 (2012). Both of the concepts only covers greenhouse gases (GHG), but European Commission (EC) newly proposes a method to assess not only GHG but also other environmental aspects, called “Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF)”. In April 2013 EC issued “OEF Guide,” and will start a pilot project from November 2013 to develop its quantification rules by sector. Moreover, ISO/TC207/SC5 has started to consider issuance of ISO/TS14072 describing LCA application to organization, which is expected to be issued around the early 2014. In addition, aiming to organize these activities/initiatives and to consider the ideal method to assess environmental aspects of organization, UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative launched a new project, “LCA of Organisations,” in May 2013.

In this international workshop, to promote understanding of various current activities of LCA application to organization, world major players in this area will introduce their individual activities/initiatives in Session 1: Mr. Cynthia Cummis from WRI; Mr. Rana Pant from EC-JRC; Mr. Yuki Yasui from UNEP Finance Initiative (developing Financial Sector Guidance of Scope 3 Standard); Mr. Matthias Finkbeiner from ISO/TC207/SC5 (developing LCA for organization), and; Dr. Julia Martinez-Blanco from UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative (an author of “LCA of Organizations” guidance).

In Session 2, companies that actively make efforts for this area will introduce their case studies. Finally in Session 3, we will hold a panel discussion with all of the participants for pursing for harmonization of individual activities.
We hope that many of you will be able to join us to share useful time.

This workshop will be organized by Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. on as part of the “project to respond to international trends of visualizing environmental footprint” commissioned by METI (the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) and the “project to study methods to quantify greenhouse gases in supply chain” commissioned by MOE (the Ministry of Environment of Japan).

Workshop information

Date and Time Thursday, November 21, 2013
13:00 –17:00 (reception start from 12:30)

Zen-nittsu Kasumigaseki Bldg., 8F Main conference room 3-3-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0013, Japan

Please contact us ([email protected]) if you would like further information including access map.

Capacity 100 participants [it requires pre-registration]
  • *When the number of applicants exceeds the quota, we may we may stop accepting inquiries on a first-come and first-served basis because of limited seating capacity.
Participation fee Free
How to apply
  • The secretariat will accept applications by e-mail. For details of necessary information, please refer to “Application” described below.
  • Once the secretariat receives your application by e-mail, it will send you a reception mail including your “Admission Sheet” at least one week prior to the workshop.
  • *If you do not receive the reception mail within 2 business days, please contact the secretariat again by e-mail.
  • When you come to the workshop, please print your “Admission Sheet” out and bring it with you.

The secretariat will accept applications by e-mail only.
Please write the following necessary information (1) to (4) in your e-mail to apply.
(When you would like to apply together with two or more persons by an e-mail, please write the information of the following (1) to (4) for each of the participants separately.)


Destination of e-mail: [email protected]
Title of e-mail: Application for International workshop (Nov. 21)
(1) Name of participant
(2) Company name and affiliation/ job title
(3) Phone number
(4) E-mail address
The deadline of the application is Nov. 14 at 17:00(Japan time).


*Each presentation material is posted on this web site by permission of speakers

Session 1: Current status of Assessment on Environmental aspects of Organization (Company) activities (Moderator: Prof. Atsushi Inaba)

Time Contents
13:00-13:10 Opening remark
From Carbon to Environment, From Product to Organization
Prof. Atsushi Inaba, Kogakuin university
13:10-13:30 The GHG Protocol Approach to Corporate Value Chain Assessment
Ms. Cynthia Cummis, WRI (World Research Institute)
13:30-13:50 Developments in Scope 3 for the Finance Sector: Measuring Carbon Footprints of "Financed Emissions"
Ms. Yuki Yasui, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Finance Initiative
13:50-14:10 The Organisation Environmental Footprint – a method recommendation by the European Commission
Mr. Rana Pant, JRC (Joint Research Centre)
14:10-14:30 Status and overview of the upcoming ISO-Standard of LCA for Organizations
Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner, Chairman of ISO/TC207/SC5
14:30-14:50 Outline of the Flagship Project “LCA of Organisations” by the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative
Dr. Julia Martinez-Blanco, UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative

Session 2: Case studies of application of LCA to organization

Time Contents
15:00-15:20 Usability of LCA for corporate environmental assessment and reporting - experiences from the automotive sector
Mr. Jens Warsen, Volkswagen AG
15:20-15:40 GHG & Water assessment of Shiseido
Mr. Tsunehiko Iwai (Corporate Officer)
and Mr. Oohashi Kenji, Shiseido Co., Ltd.
15:40-16:00 Data Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Conformity with the GHG Protocol
Mr. Michio Shinohara, Honda Motor Company

Session 3: Discussion

Time Contents
16:15-17:00 Panel discussion
Speakers and
Ms. Sonia Valdivia, UNEP
Prof. Atsushi Inaba, Kogakuin University
17:00 Closing remark

*Programs may change without notice.

Contact information (Secretariat)

Masahiko Shibata (Mr.), Reiko Kitabayashi (Ms.)
Environment & Energy Division 2
Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc.
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +81-(0)3-5281-5285


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