New LCA-based environmental indicator for evaluating the positive climate impacts of products

    Environmental impacts are often expressed through footprint indicators describing a negative impact, as in the familiar carbon and water footprints. Until now, companies have lacked the means to present positive effects. Now, VTT and LUT University alongside with Finnish companies have developed a method and guidelines for evaluating and communicating on the carbon handprint of products. The carbon handprint describes the positive climate impacts of a product. The initiative for the development of a carbon handprint came from Finnish companies.

    New study uses LCA to estimate the environmental cost of packing our favorite fast-foods

    A new study estimates there are 2025 million takeaway containers per year being used in the European Union (EU) alone. It also says finding a way to recycle disposable takeaway containers could help reduce equivalent greenhouse gas emissions generated annually by 55,000 cars.

    New third-party life cycle assessment reveals minimal carbon footprint from Midsummer’s thin film solar cell production process

    A new study commissioned by solar energy technology leader Midsummer shows that the company’s proprietary flexible CIGS thin film solar module manufacturing process is much more environmentally friendly than other solar module production processes like e.g. for silicon modules. The recent study by Swerea IVF shows conclusively that these products have much lower CO2 emission equivalents than almost all other renewable energy sources.

    Decathlon makes a leap on environmental labelling – and it wants to share the data

    Global sporting goods retailer, Decathlon is currently completing a 10 year project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of the year. The stores, which are in 39 countries will label products with a rating from A to E based on a Life Cycle Assessment approach.

    LCA confirms fluorine textile coating risks

    A 3-year EU life cycle assessment study to evaluate alternatives to fluorine-based durable water and oil textile repellents (DWOR) has concluded that fluorinated formulations have a negative environmental impact “10 – 40 times larger” than fluorine-free alternatives. The same study also confirms that while fluorine-free water repellent coatings can do the same job as their fluorine-based counterparts, these alternatives don’t perform anywhere near the same level as traditional ‘C8’ and ‘C6’ fluorine based finishes when it comes to oil repellency.

    Replacing plastic packaging with other materials increases environmental impacts

    The study “Life Cycle Impacts of Plastic Packaging Compared to Substitutes in the United States and Canada: Theoretical Substitution Analysis,” prepared by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), finds that replacing plastic packaging with alternative materials would cause increases in energy use, water consumption and solid waste, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions (

    A life cycle solution to fossil fuel impacts

    Pennsylvania's energy history is rich with the quantities of fossil fuels that it has produced, but is also rife with the environmental legacies of coal mining and, more recently, hydrofracturing. Water that finds its way into abandoned coal mines dotted throughout the Commonwealth resurfaces as acid mine drainage (AMD), while freshwater used to fracture or "frack" oil and natural gas deposits reemerges as "produced" water contaminated with salts, metals, and radioactive material.

    Australasian EPD Programme Publishes 50th EPD

    EPD Australasia has recently reached the milestone of publishing their 50th EPD. The programme, which is affiliated with the International EPD system and was set up jointly by LCANZ and ALCAS, has been running in Australia and New Zealand since 2015.

    Medoola to aid better decisions with packaging LCA

    UK packaging specialist Medoola has launched its Packaging Life Cycle Assessment (PLCA) service, which will provide insights into how a brand’s packaging can enhance its environmental footprint from raw material to end of life. Medoola is now offering Packaging Life Cycle Assessment (PLCA) to its UK clients on a project by project basis.

    The company has reached an agreement with sustainability experts, Empauer to use the innovative software, Ecodex, exclusively on client projects in the UK.

    Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Publishes Updates to ISO-Compliant Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations for Spray Polyurethane Foam

    The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) industry, today announced the completion of a 5-year update to its ISO-compliant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for three generic Spray Polyurethane Foam product formulations that include open-cell, closed-cell and roofing foams.