Research areas description
Established in 2001, the CIRAIG was created to meet the demands of industry and governments to develop leading edge academic expertise in sustainable development tools. The CIRAIG is an internationally acclaimed centre of expertise in life cycle issues. The centre collaborates with many research centres worldwide. Its mission is the following: “With a focus on responsible production, consumption and governance, the CIRAIG aims to develop, interpret and integrate the knowledge and tools to implement life cycle thinking".
The CIRAIG has developed a recognized expertise in life cycle tools including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA). Completing this expertise, its research projects also cover Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and other tools such as carbon and water footprinting. CIRAIG's activities include applied research projects that span several activity sectors including energy, aerospace, agri-food, waste management, forestry and pulp and paper, mining and metals, chemical products, telecommunications, financial services, urban infrastructure management, transport as well as green product design.
CIRAIG accomplisments include : the International Life Cycle Chair, IMPACT World+, the Quebec Life Cycle Inventory Database, the Empreinte Carbone Quebec Pilot project and WULCA.
For more information, please visit the Web site: <http://www.ciraig.org>
• Software programs: SimaPro; GaBi ; TEAM; KCL-Eco
• Databases: ecoinvent, GaBi modules and the Québec Life Cycle Inventory Database.
External sources of funding
• International Life Cycle Chair, visit the website < http://www.chaire-cycledevie.org/en/>
• Research contracts with the industry and governments