Call for Abstracts

EcoBalance 2024 will be held from 3rd to 7th of November, 2024, in Sendai, Japan ( The organizing committee is pleased to invite authors to submit papers for EcoBalance 2024.

The theme of the conference is " Life Cycle Thinking - Beyond Carbon ".

Living within planetary boundaries is one of the ultimate goals towards sustainability. Diverse activities across the world in various fields: industry, policy, finance and science particularly, have been creating strong momentum towards carbon neutrality. We believe that life cycle thinking has the power to progress the required paradigm shifts by connecting such activities with a bird’s-eye view of the complex systems that contribute to nature and human society. We would like to create opportunities to advance practice and science, and to connect participants and partner with them to promote the changes needed to ensure a bright future.

We welcome practical and theoretical contributions, including applications, ideas, methods, indicators, databases, and tools that aim to contribute to the achievement of sustainable society as their ultimate goal.

Abstracts must be submitted in plain text and should not exceed 300 words. The abstract submission deadline is 30th April, 2024 (JST) 31th May, 2024. We are calling for abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

During the abstract submission process, you will be requested to choose topics that are relevant to your paper. You may choose from Featured Sessions or T

The following “Featured Sessions” may be selected – please refer to the full description on the website.

Please note that papers may not be chosen for the Featured Sessions, therefore it is recommended that authors also select at least one theme from the Topic Groups below.
The following broad Topic Groups and themes associated with them can be selected:

1. Energy, resource & waste management

  • Sustainable resource management
  • Criticality and sustainability
  • Systematic resource efficiency and circularity
  • Circular economy
  • Equity and equality
  • Triple planetary crisis: Synergy and tradeoff through resource use

2. Community, education, and communication

  • Novel communities and ecosystems
  • Sufficiency
  • Environmental labeling
  • Pro-environmental behavior
  • Environmental and sustainability education
  • Societal acceptance
  • Community engagement for sustainability
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability

3. Policy, market, and social systems

  • Circular economy, Resource Circulation
  • Carbon neutrality, Paris Agreement
  • Global Biodiversity Framework, Nature positive
  • Sustainable finance, taxonomy, green bond, Carbon pricing/tax
  • Environmental due diligence, Double materiality, ESG investment
  • Stakeholder transparency, Digital product passport, Greenwashing

4. Products, services, and business model innovation

  • Product Service System (PSS)
  • Circular design
  • Life Cycle Management
  • Innovation management and value creation
  • Digital and AI;Cyber Physical System(CPS), Digital twin, IoT, DX, Generative AI
  • Responsible Procurement
  • Green Transformation (GX)

5. Applications, business practices, and emerging technologies

  • Sustainability assessment of products, services, and organizations
  • Scope 3,
  • GHG accounting, avoided emissions, carbon dioxide removal (CDR), carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)
  • Circular economy, product passport, mass balance, supplier engagement
  • Net zero emissions, climate neutral, nature-positive
  • Emerging technologies for sustainability
  • Green ICT (Information and Communication Technology), green software
  • Chemical risk assessment/management

6. Methodologies for sustainability assessment

  • Material flow analysis (MFA)
  • Life cycle sustainability assessment
  • Environmental footprint families
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Ecosystem services assessment
  • Other Methodologies for sustainability assessment

Please ensure to select only the topics that most-closely match your proposed paper.

Call for Partner Events

The scientific committee of EcoBalance 2024 is also calling for proposals for partner events. Partner events will take place before (3 Nov. 2024) or after (7 Nov. 2024), outside the main scientific program of EcoBalance 2024, but on topics relevant to the conference.

Those who would like to plan a partner event should submit a proposal by 15 July 2024. Proposers should send the proposal outline as an attachment by e-mail to the scientific committee secretariat ( If you have any questions, please contact the scientific committee secretariat.

Important Dates

  • 15th May, 2024 31th May, 2024: Deadline for abstract submission (abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee)
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  • Early-mid June, 2024: Acceptance notification for abstracts
  • From Mid of June to August 31, 2024 Early-bird registration
  • November 3,2024: Pre-Conference events and Welcome Reception
  • November 4-6, 2024: Conference
  • November 7, 2024: Post-Conference events
Kazuyo Matsubae, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan
Conference chair of the EcoBalance 2024
Benjamin McLellan, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Japan
Program Chair of the EcoBalance 2024
The Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan