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Creation of an international industrial chair in life cycle assessment

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Alcan, Bell Canada, Cascades, Le Mouvement des Caisses Desjardins, Hydro-Qubec, Johnson and Johnson, Arcelor-Mittal, lectricit de France / Gaz de France, Total and Veolia Environnement join with the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal to reduce their ecological footprint.

The official launch of the International Industrial Chair in Life Cycle Assessment Methodology, a research unit of cole Polytechniques Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG), Canadas leading research centre in the field, will take place today, May 8th.

The initial budget for chairholders, Professors Rjean Samson and Louise Deschnes of the Chemical Engineering Department of cole Polytechnique de Montral, totals $4.5 million over five years. Funding will be provided by industrial and financial partners such as Alcan, Bell Canada, Cascades, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Hydro-Qubec, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as Arcelor-Mittal, lectricit de France / Gaz de France, Total, and Veolia Environnement, which will each invest $450,000.

"We are thrilled that this new multidisciplinary Chair has been created and we would like to extend warm thanks to our partners who believed in the importance and relevance of this innovative project," declared Mr. Christophe Guy, Director of Research and Innovation of cole Polytechnique. "Conducting joint research activities with members of industry is at the heart of Polytechniques mission. By taking part in this project, you enable us to continue to innovate and spearhead initiatives that will support the sustainable efforts of industries in Canada and abroad."

LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT: FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE

An increasing number of governments and corporations around the world have turned to life cycle assessment (LCA), a t
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Contact: Annie Touchette
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca
514-340-4711
cole Polytechnique de Montral
8-May-2007


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