Training of Trainers in LCA – a practical experience in Uganda

by Nydia Suppen1, Paul Walakira2Dean Tashobya (presenting author)3, Ernest Namanya4

1: Center for LCA and Sustainable Design, Mexico; 2: Ugandan National Bureau of Standards; 3: Ugandan National Bureau of Standards; 4: Ugandan National Bureau of Standards


The promotion of life cycle tools is relevant to achieve the goals of Sustainable Production and Consumption, especially in non-expert regions such as Africa. This paper will present the experience of a Life Cycle Assessment Train of Trainers (LCA-TOT) approach and its implementation in Uganda. The aim of the paper is to analyze the outcomes of the training program discussing the contents and learning approaches, especially focusing in those areas that needed further practice from the participants. The training also included an e-learning component which will also be presented. The participants delivered a series of practical exercises and underwent a series of test and examinations, their performance and main results allowed to establish further steps for capacity building.

Two pilot projects were part of the learning experience. The results of the pilot projects are two-fold, 1) the outcomes and benefits for the companies 2) the achievements from the LCA-TOT participants. This section includes a summary of each of the product LCA results and discuss from a methodological framework point of view the main challenges encountered.

Uganda has shown interest and demand for LCA to grow in the country, several activities have taken place to allow the country to grow in this area, these will be outlined and linked to the implementation of the LCA-TOT activities. The successful collaboration of Uganda with life cycle related organization and activities will also be highlighted. The analysis is done at personal expert level and as a group, since a Ugandan LCA network has been formed. It is expected that the results shared in this paper could further help other organizations or countries to advance with life cycle tools and thinking implementation.