Chaire Elsa-PACT

ELSA-Pact Chair

Industrial chair on the evaluation of life cycle sustainability

Update : 07/16/2018


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The objective of the Chair is to establish scientifically sound methods and tools for assessing the environmental and social impacts of human activities, and in particular natural resource management activities (agriculture/food, water and waste management).


The distinguishing features of the chair’s operations are:

  • setting up public-private partnerships between researchers and industry
  • a Life Cycle approach and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method
  • active contribution to the harmonization and standardization of methods and tools


The Chair is based on the conduct of scientific work involving PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, the creation of training programmes for partner companies and the organization of scientific events to create awareness and disseminate Life Cycle thinking. It also produces industrial applications (e.g., ACV4E software to model sanitation scenarios, awarded an ADEME prize in 2015), training supports and other information material in the field of LCA.


The industrial partners who are members of this industrial chair are:

  • Suez Environnement
  • Société du Canal de Provence et d'Aménagement de la Région Provençale (SCP)
  • BRL, a regional planning services company for the Bas-Rhone and Languedoc territories
  • VINADEIS, a wine co-operative company
  • Compagnie Fruitière (leading producer of fruits in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific zone).

Supported by IRSTEA (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture), it brings together scientific partners from the ELSA scientific group:

  • Montpellier SupAgro
  • Institut Mines-Télécom d’Alès
  • CIRAD. 

The French Agency for Biodiversity, ADEME and the Occitanie Region also support the project.


  • December 2013: Chair established
  • March 2014: Official launch
  • May 2018: End of project


Montpellier SupAgro
Campus de La Gaillarde
2 place Pierre Viala


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34060 Montpellier - France
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Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00

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