SMART Talks: Life-Cycle Systems Approach for a Low Carbon Future
Session Introduction: The increasing concerns about environmental pollutions, climate change, and resource challenges drive the development of sustainable solutions that can meet societal needs without compromising the environment or depleting the resources for future generations. Given many technological, behavioral, and policy options, it is challenging to determine which option best serves humanity and the environment. Life cycle assessment offers a systems approach to support these decisions. This talk will discuss life cycle thinking and give examples of how integrated life-cycle systems analyses can enhance engineering, process, supply chain, and policy design for a low-carbon future.
Dr. Yuan Yao is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems at the Yale School of the Environment. Her research is motivated by the increasing need for sustainable solutions that can support industrial development without compromising the environment or depleting the resources for future generations. Dr. Yao has been leading collaborative projects with U.S. national labs, private companies, and non-profits.
About SMART Talks on Climate Change
From devastating natural disasters to a global pandemic, the effects of climate change continue to be more pressing, extreme, and far-reaching than ever before. Through offering them the opportunity to converse with top scholars and key policy-makers in the field, our program aims to endow leaders of the next generation with useful insights to tackle the problem.