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.

    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.