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International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG)

Phone: (514) 340-4711
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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>

Research staff

Professors / researchers (4)
Number of graduate students: 29
Number of postdoctoral fellows :6
Number of research agents: 16

Specialized equipment

• 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

News about International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG)

NEWS | November 30, 2017
The CIRAIG announces one of the world’s largest life cycle research partnerships | Read
NEWS | January 26, 2015
CIRAIG student Anne-Marie Boulay wins prestigious 2014 SETAC Europe Young Scientist LCA Award | Read

Press review about International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG)

December 6, 2017, L'actualité alimentaire , Conférence Culture Alimentaire France-Canada 2017 – Les acteurs du monde agro-alimentaire se sont rencontrés pour échanger autour du sujet de l’alimentation durable et responsable : idéal utopique ou responsabilité partagée? Des experts, dont Dominique Maxime (analyste sénior et associé de recherche au CIRAIG - Polytechnique Montréal), ont dressé un portrait global de la situation actuelle, de la prise de conscience du consommateur jusqu'à ce que l'industrie fait pour y répondre.
November 30, 2017, UQÀM, Le CIRAIG annonce l'un des plus importants partenariats du monde dans le secteur de la recherche sur le cycle de vie Le Centre international de référence sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services (CIRAIG) annonce un nouveau partenariat de cinq ans dans le cadre de sa Chaire internationale sur le cycle de vie (Chaire ICV).
October 25, 2017, Écohabitation , Voitures électriques : la route à prendre L’empreinte environnementale des voitures électriques est favorable. C’est ce qu’a révélé à la Presse Pierre-Olivier Roy, associé de recherche au Centre international de référence sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services (CIRAIG) de Polytechnique Montréal.
October 15, 2017, Le Soleil, Le soccer a fait la différence pour Sara Russo Garrido Portrait de Sara Russo Garrido, coordonnatrice et analyste senior pour le volet d’analyse sociale au CIRAIG (Centre international de référence pour le cycle des produits, procédés et services).