LCA and EPD help Fibercon win environmental award

    ALCAS member Fibercon won the award for Sustainability and Environment at the recent Concrete Awards in Queensland.  The award was given for their Emesh 100% Recycled Macro Poly used for concrete reinforcing. To ensure the quality and credibility of the environmental data, Fibercon published an independently audited Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). “The EPD was what we saw as a requirement, again because it was rigorous,” said Combe. “The harsh light of third party audit meant that we were being serious about what we wanted to do.”

    Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information Published by UN Environment

    UN Environment and the International Trade Centre recently released the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information, a global guidance document on making effective environmental, social and economic claims, to empower and enable consumer choice.

    The Guidelines offer value chain and public sector professionals clear guidance on making effective, trustworthy claims to consumers, on product-related sustainability information. They are applicable to all regions and companies of all sizes.

    PhD research position for the sustainable use of textiles, Chalmers University of Technology 

    A new PhD position is now open at Chalmers University of Technology for the sustainable use of textiles. The holder of this position will engage in environmental systems analysis and behavioural research in a unique research facility. The researcher will contribute to knowledge regarding the actual behavioural patterns of laundry users, compare the reported with actual habits, and attempt to influence them by various cues and nudging approaches.

    Forest-based bioeconomy benefits climate, jobs and growth

    University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland held an event “Forest-based bioeconomy – benefits for climate, jobs and growth” in Brussels 8 November 2017. The event called for an increased role and identification of research needs of forest-based circular bioeconomy to address climate change, substitution of fossil-based materials, multiple use of forests and governance of bioresources.

    For more information on the discussion, click here: 

    Invitation for applications for JMSE Travel Awards 2018

    The Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is inviting applications for two Travel Awards for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to attend an international conference in 2018. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee presided by the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Tony Clare.

    For candidate requirements and application procedure, click here:

    iPoint Takes Over Industry Leader in Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Cost Accounting

    iPoint-systems continues its growth course. Since December 2017, ifu Institute for Environmental IT Hamburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the iPoint Group. The software and consulting company headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, is thus further expanding its solution portfolio in the area of life cycle assessment and material flow cost accounting.

    Athena Sustainable Materials Institute celebrates 20 years of innovation in the Green Building sector

    The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and with a US affiliate in Pennsylvania, is a leading pioneer in the Green Building Sector and proud to have been on the forefront of sustainability metrics for two decades. This small non-profit has had significant industry impact over the past decades.

    PhD Fellowship announcement: North Carolina State University

    The Forest Biomaterial Department at North Carolina State University is seeking candidates for a PhD Fellowship to do research in biobased products through an awarded USDA grant titled, Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry (approximately $2.75 million over the next four years).  The Fellowship is for a maximum of four years of support including a stipend of about $23,000, tuition, and benefits.

    BIMobject AB: BIMobject adds sustainability and environmental data in cooperation with FED Spinoff

    Today, BIMobject AB (BIMobject) and FED Spinoff - Future Environmental Design (FED) announce the agreement to cooperate to develop new functionalities and services for the platform BIMobject® Cloud regarding product information on sustainability and environment. This will allow manufacturers to share data on the environmental sustainability of their products, and enable designers and architects to perform sustainability calculations and simulations of BIM-based projects.  

    Largest shed in southern hemisphere gets 6 Green Stars for environmental features

    One of the largest sheds in the southern hemisphere, a half-a-kilometre-long storage and distribution facility the size of eight MCG playing fields, has won a 6 Star Green Star As Built rating, based on a ‘whole life cycle assessment’. The giant shed leased by global logistics giant CEVA is owned and managed by Singapore-listed Frasers Property Australia in its West Park Industrial Estate in Truganina.