LCA

    FSLCI launches new Academic Partnership Programme

    FSLCI has recently launched its new Academic Partnership Programme. The Program is going to focus specifically on life cycle education and brings together research groups from around the world which are interested in sharing their respective knowledge and collaborate on the subject of life cycle education. The Academic Partnership Program was recently launched during our 1st Life Cycle Education workshop, which took place back-to-back LCM 2017 in Luxembourg.

    LCI’s new e-learning module launched

    Life Cycle Initiative’s new e-learning module “Introduction to Life Cycle Thinking” was recently launched. This E-Learning Module Kit draws on materials from the Life Cycle Initiative and it is aimed at helping give all participants an overview of life cycle approaches while developing understanding as to how to assess the impacts of any given sustainability issue considering all of its life cycle stages. The module is also intended as a guide to which kind of LCT tools are to be used to which purpose.

    Insightful research on clothing libraries LCA

    Abstract: Collaborative consumption is an alternative way of doing business to the conventional model of ownership-based consumption, and one that can potentially reduce the environmental impacts of fashion by prolonging the practical service life of clothes. In this study, we used life cycle assessment to explore the environmental performance of clothing libraries, as one of the possible ways in which collaborative consumption can be implemented, and compared the advantages and disadvantages in relation to conventional business models.

    Reference: Zamani et al. (2017)

    Irish Green Building Council develops new Ireland EPD programme

    IGBC is currently developing the EPD Ireland programme with the support of EPA Green Enterprise funding. This will allow Irish producers to create an Environmental Product Declaration for their product, using product category rules for Ireland and have it verified and published on a national platform.

    Read more: https://www.igbc.ie/what-is-an-epd/

    New study reveals lighter environmental footprint for fibers sourced from flax and recycled clothing

    Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) today announced the release of a groundbreaking Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing the environmental performance of ten different raw material sources of manmade cellulose fiber (MMCF). The study examined a broad range of environmental issues, from the time raw materials are obtained from global forests, agricultural operations or other sources, through the production of viscose (also known as rayon) and other MMCFs. 

    Mealworm meal falls short when compared to fishmeal or soy in LCA

    French researchers found mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) larvae meal has a poor environmental performance compared to soymeal or fishmeal.

     Read more:https://www.feednavigator.com/Article/2017/10/17/Mealworm-meal-falls-short-when-compared-to-fishmeal-or-soy-in-LCA

    Avery expands ThinkThin label range; introduces LCA analysis tool

    In a bid to help end-users on their sustainability goals, labelstock major Avery Dennison has introduced a clear methodology for understanding the environmental consequences of labeling and packaging solutions for its range of thin labels.

    Read more:http://www.printweek.in/news/avery-expands-thinkthin-label-range-introduces-lca-analysis-tool-26625

    Electric cars can become more eco-friendly through life cycle assessment

    It is time to stop discussing whether electric cars are good or bad. Instead industry, authorities and policy-makers need to work together to make them as eco-friendly as possible. This is the view taken by Anders Nordelöf, a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology. In a recent thesis, he provides concrete advice and tools showing how life cycle assessment can assist in the development of electric cars.

    Read more:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/cuot-ecc101117.php

    Bio-methane transforms from landfill waste to energy source

    Repurposing wasted methane gas is the focus of a new study published in the journal Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy (DOI: 10.1002/ep.12762) by chemical engineers from Michigan Technological University. Specifically, they examined the carbon footprint of anaerobic digestion—composting organics without air—which can be used to redirect methane into a usable energy source.

    Researchers develop method to quantify life cycle land use of natural gas

    A case study of the Barnett Shale region in Texas, where hydraulic fracturing was first implemented, for the first time provides quantifiable information on the life cycle land use of generating electricity from natural gas based on physical measurements instead of using assumptions and averages that were previously used for evaluation.

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