Call for Applications for the 2017 LCA Award: Extended to 13 July

    The call for applications for the 2017 LCA Award has been extended to 13 July 2017. Individuals and organizations based in Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, and Asia are eligible to apply.

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    Upcoming LCA Certified Practitioner Exam – 27th July 2017

    LCANZ will be conducting an LCA Certified Practitioner Exam on the 27th of July 2017 at Massey University, Palmerston North from 10am – 3pm.

    Under an arrangement entered into with the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA), Australian and New Zealand candidates who meet the Exam Prerequisites and who successfully complete the examination will be certified as LCACPs, and this certification will be recognised in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

    Upcoming GaBi hands on LCA training workshop

    Do you want to assess the environmental impacts of a product or process across its full life cycle? Discover how GaBi’s visual approach to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) supports decision-making and enables you to quickly implement high impact sustainability initiatives. Join an ever expanding group of fellow LCA practitioners to exchange ideas and experiences in a fun and collaborative training environment at The University of Auckland on 7 July – 9am to 3.30pm.

    Cricket farming is sustainable but food source must be focus

    Cricket farming can be a sustainable means of producing foods for human consumption, an LCA study suggests, as its environmental impact compares favourably to broiler chicken production.

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    Canopy launches 2017 Ecopaper Database

    Canopy of Vancouver, B.C., has launched its updated Ecopaper Database, described by the non-profit organization as the Holy Grail of directories for North America's Best Environmental Papers. The 2017 iteration of this online resource features more than 450 printing and writing grade papers, office stationery products and packaging with high recycled, agricultural residue/alternative or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber content.

    LCI: Five More Years of Achievements and New Strategy to Further Life Cycle Thinking

    The last five years has been a fruitful period for the Life Cycle Initiative, to fulfil its mission to enable the global use of credible life cycle knowledge. There has been a growing number of national life cycle networks and practitioners for the global life cycle community, many of them with the help of the projects, activities, publications and communication of the Initiative.

    everycs and GreenDelta Take Life Cycle Assessment to the Cloud

    Environmental consultant GreenDelta, and everycs ltd, a data and technology company focused on prod

    Team demos potential environmental sustainability benefits in full life cycle assessment of 2nd-generation biofuels

    The Royal Society of Chemistry journal Energy & Environmental Science recently published research by a team from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oklahoma investigating the full life cycle impact of one promising "second-generation biofuel" produced from short-rotation oak. The study found that second-generation biofuels made from managed trees and perennial grasses may provide a sustainable fuel resource.

    The Intelligent Way to Benchmark Sustainability

    This week Carbon Clear launched the Intelligent Sustainability Benchmarking Toolkit, a free online platform for businesses to benchmark their approach to environmental sustainability. The toolkit allows you to see where your company might be leading the industry when it comes to environmental sustainability as well as helping find areas for improvement.

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    New LCA research evaluates the environmental impact of 3D printing

    French researchers from Grenoble Alpes University have evaluated the environmental impact of 3D printing with a case study focused on the production of orthotic insoles. To understand the environmental impact of the two processes, the researchers undertook a life cycle assessment (LCA). Relating to materials, the team report the "impacts from 3D printed insole are 65% less than a classic one
    in the four impact categories." The four impact categories are Human Health, Ecosystem Quality, Climate Change and Resources.