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Sustainable Process Industry with Process Model-Based LCA

European Union has challenging environmental targets, like climate neutrality, by 2050. The process industry is key to these targets because it produces raw materials for the manufacturing industry.

The process industry covers energy-intensive sectors like chemicals, metallurgy, steel, minerals, cement, ceramics, engineering, pulp and paper, refining, and water. The process industry also has a key role in recycling because the same chemical and metallurgical processes and infrastructure, which have been developed for the primary ores and raw materials, may also be utilized to recycle waste materials from the consumption of the manufacturing industry products.

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EIT Raw Materials
Aalto University
Metso Outotec
TU Bergakademi Freiberg
University of Bordeaux
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT

The program supports the EU’s sustainable products initiative to make products placed on the EU market more sustainable. It provides product designers with knowledge and tools to understand how they can adjust existing material cycles and design new processes to optimize the environmental performance of batteries while maintaining their functional quality. Applications include electronic equipment such as computers, phones, and tablets, the automotive and aeronautic sectors, and sustainable energy-related technologies.

The program is designed and developed by Aalto University, Metso Outotec Finland Oy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Bordeaux, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT and Aalto University Executive Education.

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of this program, the participant will

  • Understand the basic benefits of Process Model Based LCA.
  • Create flowsheet simulation models based on elemental distributions (pyro, etc.), chemical reactions (hydro, etc.), and particles (mineral processing, etc.).
  • Link process models to LCA calculations and convert sustainability into physics-based and process engineering economic reality.
  • Analyse LCA, energetic, and exergy of production chains by the utilization of HSC Chemistry®, OpenLCA, and ecoinvent.
  • Create sustainability analyses of processing and recycling of end-of-life products in the context of battery metals production and battery recycling.

Program Structure

This program is divided into two parts. The participant may choose to join the core module only or also complete the voluntary add-on simulation module that focuses on real HSC Sim LCA cases and calculation exercises.

1. Core module

The core module consists of a 2-day kick-off and 10 live online sessions. In addition, participants will work on assignments in between sessions.

September 25–26, 2024 Kick-off (possibility to participate on-site at the University of Bordeaux)
October 7, 2024
13.00-15.30 (EEST)
HSC Chemistry Introduction
October 8, 2024
13.00–15.30  (EEST)
HSC Sim Basic – Process Modeling Software
October 9, 2024
12.15–14.45 (EEST)
Life Cycle Assessment (Environmental Impacts and Modelling)
October 10, 2024
13-15.30 (EEST)
Sustainable Processes with HSC Process Models
October 15, 2024
13.00–15.30 (EET)
HSC Sim Element Distribution-Based Models with LCA (PYRO)
October 22, 2024
13.00-15.30 (EET)
Sim-LCA Homework Results - Iron Process
October 29, 2024
13–15.30 (EET)
HSC Sim Chemical Reactions-Based Models with LCA (HYDRO)
November 5, 2024
13-15.30 (EET)
Sim-LCA Homework Results - EW Process
November 12, 2024
13-15.30 (EET)
HSC Sim Particle-Based Models with LCA (MINPRO)
November 19, 2024
13.00–15.30 (EET)
Sim-LCA Homework Results - Concentrator Plant

2. Add-on simulation module

The optional extension module focuses on hands-on modeling and simulation of hydro- and pyrometallurgical processes. This module is organized by Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg and it provides a unique opportunity to increase knowledge of the HCS Sim tool. The module includes discussions on topics like the Circular Economy, Critical Raw Materials Act, Design for recycling, and Exergy.

During the extension module, participants will join live online sessions and develop a case study on a topic of their choice.

December 2–6, 2024
Mon–Fri 10:00–18:00 (EET)
Lectures and demonstrations
Dec 9–13, 2024
Mon–Fri 10:00–18:00 (EET)
Supervised case studies


This course is suitable for participants with an educational background in chemistry, metallurgy, mineral processing, process modeling, or sustainability technology.

We recommend that participants have prior experience in chemistry, metallurgy, mineral processing, modeling or LCA.

This program is particularly relevant for

  • Process engineers
  • Process designers
  • Technology marketing experts
  • Environmental protection experts, and
  • Experts who work in process plants, technology companies, power plants, pulp and paper industry
  • Authorities

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