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”.

    July/August version of LC NET now available

    The July/August version of LC-NET – the bimonthly newsletter of the Life Cycle Initiative has been published. Included in the newsletter is information on the 2nd General Assembly of LCI, other events and workshops. It can be accessed at:

    Launch of Uganda LCA Network

    The Life Cycle Initiative has been providing support and advice in various countries to set up LCA networks for further strengthening of LCA activities in different regions. During February-March 2016, meetings were co-organized with support of local Bureau of Standards and local LCA practitioners in three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Since then local practitioners in these countries have been working towards formally setting up their own networks.

    Call for Paper Submissions for “The Future of Ecolabels”

    The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment is preparing a special issue on ecolabels: “The Future of Ecolabels“. Paper submissions are encouraged about the theoretical background, practical implementation and lessons learned about Ecolabels applied in both policies and corporate strategies. Deadline is 30th of September!

    Call for Article Submissions for The Journal of Industrial Ecology

    The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on the Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Technologies. Deadline is 1 September,2018.

    Open Consultation: ISO 21930 Guidance

    The PCR Committee of the American Center of Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) is posting the draft ISO 21930 Guidance for open consultation. They expect to receive comments on ACLCA’s DRAFT 21930 Guidance(PDF) by filling out the Consultation Comment Form

    Deadline for the comments is August 19, 2018 

    Could Life Cycle Models Impact Big Change in the Solid Waste Management Industry?

    A lifecycle model, adapted from a model that primarily researchers use to evaluate solid waste practices, is rolling out to the public. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a user-friendly version that’s free to local and state governments and others—even though lifecycle thinking challenges how the agency has encouraged them to manage their trash.