New Study Measures Impact of Christmas Trees on Mother Nature

    A new study released by the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) provides an in-depth analysis of the environmental impacts of real and artificial Christmas trees. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), conducted by WAP Sustainability Consulting, compares the most common artificial Christmas tree with a similar real option. The report concludes that when comparing the two types of trees, artificial trees have a more favorable effect on the environment if reused for at least five years.

    New article in ‘Sustainable Production and Consumption’

    Thomas Elliot and his supervisors Prof Sarah J McLaren and Prof Ralph Sims have published an article in Sustainable Production and Consumption. The article investigates the environmental benefits associated with the uptake of E-bikes, which would potentially dispense the use of family size cars powered by petrol or diesel engines. The results showed that the potential life cycle impacts for the E-bike were favourable compared to the car for most impact categories, including GHG emissions.

    LCI – Updating the Social LCA Guidelines

    Over the past decade and since the Life Cycle Initiative’s publication “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Products” (2009), the interest in social impact assessment of products and companies has dramatically increased. While the Guidelines and the related methodological sheets have played a decisive role initiating the practice of Social Life Cycle Assessment, the landscape has greatly evolved in the meantime.

    How Life Cycle Thinking is Boosting a Brazilian Cosmetics Firm

    Brazil’s NATURA cosmetics firm has had sustainability at the centre of its business strategy for 40 years but recently the company has moved forward with applying Life Cycle thinking across its value chain.

    FSLCI Life Cycle Summer School successfully organized in Leipzig

    In August this year, ahead of the FSLCI conference the FSLCI organized the 7th International Summer School on Life Cycle approaches for Sustainable Regional Development. The summer school was organized jointly with the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research.

    FSLCI successfully organizes 1st Life Cycle Innovation Conference

    In August this year the FSLCI organized its first ever Life Cycle Innovation Conference (LCIC 2018) helf under the theme “Collaborate, Innovate, Co-create”, the conference brought together more than 150 participants from around the world with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.