Life Cycle Thinking and Environmental Footprinting

Organized by EFLA Consulting Engineers 17. October 2015

Life Cycle Thinking is increasingly important for products and services provided in the Northern regions in order to decrease environmental footprints, create greener alternatives and make value chains more sustainable in the future.

The objective of Life Cycle Thinking is sustainable development and continuous improvements in order to reduce e.g. the production and emission of greenhouse gases (Carbon footprint), resource depletion and water footprint as well as improving social and economic performances.

The energy sector, commercial- and residential building sectors, food- and waste sectors are large contributors to global negative environmental impacts, e.g. greenhouse gas emissions.

This breakout session will address the importance of applying Life Cycle Thinking in the above-mentioned sectors in Artic countries and highlight the key issues and approaches in each sector.


  • Helga Jóhanna Bjarnadóttir, Director Environment, EFLA Consulting Engineers and Margrét Arnardóttir, Project manager, Landsvirkjun: LCM in the energy and the electricity sector.
  • Eva Yngvadóttir, Project Manager, EFLA Consulting Engineers: Environmental assessment of Icelandic aquaculture salmonid products.
  • Hrönn Hrafnsdottir, Project Manager, Reykjavík City: On the road to sustainable economy in Reykjavik.
  • Jukka Heinonen, Associate Professor, University of Iceland: Life Cycle Thinking in the building sector.


  • Hildur B. Hrólfsdóttir, Quality and environmental manager, Landsnet