WasteLCA_3: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Waste Management and Resource Optimization

An ECI Conference Series

Dear WasteLCA_3 Conference Community Members,

With the expectation that the COVID-19 pandemic will have subsided and that it again will be safe for the global scientific community to come together in person to share and spread ideas for the advancement of research on life-cycle methodologies and waste management, we have rescheduled the conference on WasteLCA_3: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Waste Management and Resource Optimization to May 30-June 4, 2021 at the beautiful Grand Hotel San Michele in Cetraro (Calabria), Italy.

We, as chairs, will continue to have our regularly scheduled conference planning calls and will be in touch with those of you who are already a part of the program, those who wish to update abstracts, those who still wish to submit abstracts, and those on our mailing list. We ask for your patience as all of us are, as first priority, dealing with the health and safety of our families and ourselves.

Be safe and best regards,
WasteLCA_3 Conference Co-chairs
Umberto Arena
Thomas Astrup
Morton Barlaz

May 30-June 4, 2021
Grand Hotel San Michele
Calabria, Italy

Abstract Submission
Coming Soon!

About This Conference

Building on the success of the 2016 conference held at Grand Hotel San Michele Cetraro, Italy, and that of the 2018 conference held at Comwell Borupgaard, Denmark, this third iteration of the conference will bring together a wide range of delegates from different scientific areas thereby taking a multi-disciplinary approach to assessment of waste and residual resources management in the framework of future sustainable economy.

The conference focuses on methodologies and tools, such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA), which allow a fair and reliable comparison between the performances of different waste and residual resource management solutions. Methodological developments related to these approaches will be taken into account together with important case studies.

The program includes keynote speakers, thematic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. The intention is to stimulate fruitful discussions on innovative ideas and directions to be pursued in future research activities, as well as how these approaches can be transferred to practical application in society.

ECI contact

Ms. Kathy Chan kathy@engconfintl.org

List of Topics

  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of municipal and industrial waste management scenarios
  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of the management of specific waste streams in a circular economy perspective 
  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of waste prevention initiatives and product design in a circular economy perspective 
  • LCA/LCC/S-LCA of specific/novel waste technologies and their integration into connected systems (e.g. energy and transport)
  • Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing 
  • Methodological developments in relation to sustainability assessment for waste management and re-source optimization
  • Effects of legislation and policy on future waste management criteria in a life cycle perspective.

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs

Professor Umberto Arena, Full professor of Waste Management and Industrial Pollution Control Engineering, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, umberto.arena@unicampania.it

Professor Thomas Astrup, Full Professor of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, thas@env.dtu.dk

Honorary Chair

Professor Morton Barlaz, Distinguished University Professor and Head Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University barlaz@ncsu.edu

Technical Organizing Committee

Dr. Filomena Ardolino (University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy)

Dr. Noemi Arena (Costain, United Kingdom)

Mr. Giovanni Fancesco Cardamone (University of Cam- pania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy)

Miss Concetta Lodato (Technical University of Denmark)

Scientific Advisory Committee

Professor Dezhen Chen (Tongji University, China

Professor Roland Clift (University of Surrey, UK)

Dr. Anders Damgaard (Technical University of Denmark)

Professor Mario Grosso (Politecnico of Milan, Italy)

Professor Paulo Ferrao (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal)

Professor James W. Levis (North Carolina State University, USA)

Professor Lidia Lombardi (University “N. Cusano”, Italy)

Professor Antonio Massarutto (University of Udine, Italy)

Ms. Susan Thorneloe (Environmental Protection Agency, USA)

Dr. Davide Tonini (EC-Joint Research Centre, Spain)

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals with the exception of one dinner on your own, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Friday in a standard room. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before April 30, 2021
Register after 
April 30, 2021
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional)US $1,550.00 US $1,750.00 
Participant (sharing a room with another participant)US $1,430.00 US 1,630.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org)US $1020.00 US $1,220.00 
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion)US $555.00US $555.0

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI (info@engconfintl.org) for pricing.

Conference Registration
You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not sure whether you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we don’t have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were found. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account. 

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email tressa@engconfintl.org.

Special Notes and Payment Instructions

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel. 

All participants are encouraged to register before April 30, 2021There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (kathy@engconfintl.org).

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution. 

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to kathy@engconfintl.org. This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee. 

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date. 
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If you will need a visa, please apply for it as soon as possible. If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.  

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (Kathy@engconfintl.org). 

The Engineering Conferences International conferences calendar and other information can be found on the ECI web site: www.engconfintl.org

Call for Abstracts

One-page abstract should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadline noted below.

The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate the topic for which you are submitting your abstract.

This conference will follow the typical ECI conference format, consisting of planned morning and late afternoon / early evening sessions with sufficient free time to be used for ad hoc sessions, networking and discussions among the participants and for small group specific activities.

All persons whose abstracts are accepted will be required to give an oral presentation (that will be of approximately ten minutes) and to prepare a poster for discussion at the poster session during the evening. This will allow intensive discussion of the technical materials presented.

Deadline for abstract submission: Coming Soon!


Supported by Professors Arena and Barlaz, as co- Editors-in-Chiefs of the Waste Management journal, a selection of the best contributions presented at the Conference will be invited to submit manuscripts for a special issue in the Waste Management journal, focused on a topic close to those of the conference. In any case, this special issue will be open to contrbutions from outside the conference.

Venue Information

Grand Hotel San Michele

The venue is the Grand Hotel San Michele, located in Cetraro, Calabria, in the South of Italy (www.sanmichele.it). The Hotel is in an old mansion and has restaurant inside, and outside of one of the three large terraces, swimming pool, golf course, private beach, convention center, driving range, tennis court, piano bar and billiard room.. The hotel is surrounded by an organic farm that provides the hotel with fresh organic food. Its
coast location offers many interesting boat excursions.


The maximum number of people that can be hosted in the
hotel is about 80; however, there are other hotels in the
area and the hotel can arrange pickups.


General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.