The International Conference on EcoBalance, organized by the Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan (ILCAJ), has been held in Japan since 1994 as a biennial conference.
Setting life cycle assessment (LCA) as the core concept, EcoBalance is recognized as one of the world’s premier conferences for academic, industry and governmental professionals as a forum for the discussions on environmental performance evaluation, information disclosure of the evaluation results, and the development and implementation of its methods.
History of EcoBalance conferences and their themes:
- 1st EcoBalance – October 1994 – Tsukuba, Japan
"Life Cycle Assessment for Development of Materials and Technology"
- 2nd EcoBalance – November 1996 – Tsukuba, Japan
"The New Stage of LCA as a Common Language"
- 3rd EcoBalance – November 1998 – Tsukuba, Japan
"Progress in LCA for a Sustainable Society"
- 4th EcoBalance – October 2000 – Tsukuba, Japan
"Methodologies for Decision Making in a Sustainable 21st Century"
- 5th EcoBalance – November 2002 – Tsukuba, Japan
"Practical Tools and Thoughtful Principles for Sustainability"
- 6th EcoBalance – October 2004 – Tsukuba, Japan
"Development and Systematizing of EcoBalance Tools Based on Life Cycle Thinking"
- 7th EcoBalance – November 2006 – Tsukuba, Japan
"Designing Our Future Society Using Systems Thinking"
- 8th EcoBalance – December 2008 – Tokyo, Japan
"The Challenge of Creating Social and Technological Innovation Through System-Thinking"
- 9th EcoBalance – November 2010 – Tokyo, Japan
"Towards and Beyond 2020"
- 10th EcoBalance – November 2012 – Yokohama, Japan to be scheduled
"Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Society"