FSLCI & Inno4SD publish report on Sustainable Innovation

    Also at the Life Cycle Innovation Conference in Berlin recently FSLCI and Inno4SD launched a new report on “Defining Sustainable Innovation from a Life Cycle Perspective.” The objective was to understand the link between innovation processes and sustainability from a life cycle perspective, from both, a conceptual as well as a practical perspective. It includes a summary of discussion on barriers, drivers and stakeholders of sustainable innovation within different innovation processes such as technological/product innovation, process/management innovation and business model innovation.

    FSLCI & RICV launch report on Marine Litter and LCA

    The FSLCI and RICV have launched a new report titled “Connecting Expert Communities to Address Marine Litter in Life Cycle Assessment”. The report was launched at the recent Life Cycle Innovation Conference in Berlin.

    Call for Contributions

    The ACLCA is launching a new in-house publication and they are seeking contributions including reports, reviews, research & practice highlights, policy highlights, and opinions.

    For submission guidelines or other questions, please email

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    ACLCA Announces 2018 LCA Award Winners

    The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) honored individuals and companies advancing the application of life cycle assessment and innovation in environmental sustainability at LCA XVIII during the Annual Awards Dinner in Fort Collins, Colorado on September, 26th.

    This year’s winners are Richard Helling, Dow Chemical Company; Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Russell Balzer, World Auto Steel; Ben Amor, University Sherbrooke; Shaobin Li, University of Nebraska; and Kohler.

    Job Vacancy: LCA Specialist – EcoChain, Amsterdam

    EcoChain is looking for an LCA consultant or researcher (2+ years experience) ready for the next step in your career. You will work with a team of LCA specialists for a wide range of clients. The clients are active in sectors like automotive, aerospace, electronics, building, packaging, construction, food and beverage and chemicals. Together with these clients and the most advanced online sustainability solution you will discover new, great insights which will improve the environmental footprint of our clients.

    An LCA of the Pelamis wave energy converter

    To date, very few studies have attempted to quantify the environmental impacts of a wave energy converter, and almost all of these focus solely on the potential climate change impacts and embodied energy. This paper presents a full life cycle assessment (LCA) of the first-generation Pelamis wave energy converter, aiming to contribute to the body of published studies and examine any potential trade-offs or co-benefits across a broad range of environmental impacts.

    SETAC Europe Young Scientist LCA Award 2018 for Rickard Arvidsson

    At the 28th SETAC Europe annual meeting, 13–17 May 2018, Rome (Italy), Rickard Arvidsson received the SETAC Europe Young Scientist LCA Award 2018. Rickard isr a bio-engineer by formation (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), and finished his PhD in 2012. His PhD research focused on the development and application of emission and exposure assessment methods for manufactured nanomaterials, thus contributing to the final risk assessment of such materials.

    Primer Debuts on Life-Cycle Assessments of Embodied Carbon in Buildings

    A recently released primer for the use of a life-cycle assessment approach to analyze the environmental impacts of buildings is considered a small but necessary step toward the ambitious goal of getting to net-zero embodied carbon and operational greenhouse gas emissions in the construction, operation and decommissioning of buildings. The LCA guide comes after the release of the first-of-its-kind benchmarking database of embodied carbon in existing buildings. And another first—a tool to calculate embodied carbon in construction—is on the horizon.

    New Mercedes Benz A-Class Models Get LCA-based Environmental Audit Certificate

    The Mercedes-Benz models A 180 d and A 200 have successfully completed the TÜV validation audit for the Environmental Certificate. This certificate is based on a life-cycle assessment in which the independent experts at TÜV Süd (German Technical Inspection Authority) comprehensively examine the environmental impact of the passenger car over its entire life cycle.

    Feedback from Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management (GCV2018)

    The 6th edition of the Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management was held from June 17 to 20, 2018, in Brasília, organized by the Brazilian Institute of Science and Technology Information (IBICT) and the Brazilian Life Cycle Association (ABCV), with cooperation from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). GCV 2018 central theme was: “Management of Technological Information for Sustainability”.