GaBi 8.0 – the next generation of Life Cycle Assessment

    GaBi, one of the world’s leading software solutions for Eco-Footprinting, Life Cycle Assessment and EPD preparation, has been given a new look and a complete overhaul. GaBi 8.0, newly released by sustainability specialist thinkstep, was built with user-friendliness at its core. Users will experience a new, intuitive program, with improved menu navigation, optimised control panels and simpler language.

    Stymied by Water Footprint Assessment? New Guide Can Help

    Water footprinting involves pulling together metrics that quantify the potential environmental impacts related to water, accounting for both water consumption and water pollution as well as considering the influence of location, timing and other relevant information. To address the issues of both water shortages and the pollution of water bodies, it is critical that companies have correct and relevant data. A new handbook is now available to help organizations understand how to undertake a water footprint assessment using ISO 14046.

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    Comparing PEF and EPD For Construction Products

    A large construction trade association was interested in comparing PEF and EPD to improve its reporting. Therefore, PRé did PEF studies on two equivalent products and compared the results to EPDs based on the EN 15804 standard.

    Ingredients’ carbon footprint in the spotlight: DSM touts its Vitamin E’s credentials

    Dutch ingredients multinational DSM says it recently conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of its vitamin E production, which confirmed that the production methods being used have the lowest carbon footprint in the industry. “Now DSM customers can calculate its environmental impact for themselves,” the company asserts.

    Software tool helps reveal lifecycle climate impacts of super-giant oilfields

    A new software tool has helped researchers reveal that as some of the world's largest oilfields age, the energy required to keep them operating can rise dramatically even as the amount of petroleum they produce drops.

    New Resource On Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Food Systems

    The Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has recently launched its new website of resources related to greenhouse gas emissions and food systems. Called Foodsource, it exists to support those teaching, learning and communicating about food systems and sustainability. It provides access to clear, accurate, agenda-free knowledge.

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    Request for proposals – Revision of the 2012 UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines 

    UN Environment is seeking technical expertise for the revision of the 2012 UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines (“the SPP Approach”). UN Environment Economy Division is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced individual or not for profit organization to provide substantive and administrative support to the revision process of the SPP Approach.

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    Online LCA training course available

    A new online LCA training course comprising 16 instant access video recordings is now available. The course is conducted by Dr. Craig Jones – an embodied energy, carbon footprint and LCA expert, and Director, Circular Ecology. For more information and to register, click here:

    Water Special issue – call for papers

    MDPI’s journal Water has a special issue coming up, focussed on ‘Progress in Water Footprint Assessment’. You are invited to submit papers to the journal on this topic no later than 30 June 2018. More details at:

    Four Case Studies of Businesses’ Experience Evaluating Product Environmental Footprints

    The Washington Department of Ecology and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, working with the Oregon Sustainability Board, commissioned four diverse case studies of businesses with experience evaluating their product environmental footprints.

    The businesses have used product environmental footprinting to assess environmental conditions, identify opportunities for improvement, uncover business potential, and communicate with customers. The case studies highlight benefits, challenges, lessons learned and best practices.