LCA

    New biodiesel study highlights benefits

    A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits of using the renewable fuel. The study is the latest in the significant body of transparent, peer-reviewed, studies that conclusively quantify biodiesel’s widespread benefits.

    Read more: http://ocj.com/2018/01/new-biodiesel-study-highlight-benefits/

    Global Bioenergies: Estimation of a 69 % Reduction in GHG emissions for Fully Renewable ETBE Compared to Fossil Gasoline

    Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) has entrusted EVEA, a company specialized in calculation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), with a study focused on the products to be manufactured in the future IBN-One plant.

    Microwaves could be as bad for the environment as millions of cars suggests new research

    Microwaves usage across the EU alone emits as much carbon dioxide as nearly seven million cars according to a new study by The University of Manchester.

    Researchers at the University have carried out the first ever comprehensive study of the environmental impacts of microwaves, considering their whole life cycle, from ‘cradle to grave’.

    The study found:

    • Microwaves emit 7.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year in the EU. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 6.8 million cars.

    LCIC 2018: Call for abstracts

    FSLCI has announced the Call for Abstracts for the 1st Life Cycle Innovation Conference (LCIC 2018). To submit an abstract or workshop proposal, please make sure that you have read the list of themes and topics before submission.

    To start, please register yourself and your co-author(s) on the website. Once you have done so, you can select your name in the abstract or workshop submission form and complete the form. 

    For more information, click here: https://fslci.org/lcic2018/abstracts/

    World Resources Forum joins LCI’s Steering Committee

    With a large array of stakeholders, both individual and institutional, the Switzerland-based World Resources Forum (WRF) is a science-based platform for sharing knowledge on the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use. The WRF has been engaged with the Life Cycle Initiative for some years, but this global multi-stakeholder platform has now taken our collaboration to the next level as the WRF has been elected to the Initiative’s Steering Committee.

    Webinar on Hybrid LCA - Thursday 25th January

    New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre presents: 

    Application of hybrid LCA for environmental footprinting-with insights on use of Exiobase v3

    Agneta Ghose

    Date:  Thursday 25th January, 2018 - 2:30 pm NZST

    Abstract

    FSLCI launches new Academic Partnership Programme

    FSLCI has recently launched its new Academic Partnership Programme. The Program is going to focus specifically on life cycle education and brings together research groups from around the world which are interested in sharing their respective knowledge and collaborate on the subject of life cycle education. The Academic Partnership Program was recently launched during our 1st Life Cycle Education workshop, which took place back-to-back LCM 2017 in Luxembourg.

    LCI’s new e-learning module launched

    Life Cycle Initiative’s new e-learning module “Introduction to Life Cycle Thinking” was recently launched. This E-Learning Module Kit draws on materials from the Life Cycle Initiative and it is aimed at helping give all participants an overview of life cycle approaches while developing understanding as to how to assess the impacts of any given sustainability issue considering all of its life cycle stages. The module is also intended as a guide to which kind of LCT tools are to be used to which purpose.

    Insightful research on clothing libraries LCA

    Abstract: Collaborative consumption is an alternative way of doing business to the conventional model of ownership-based consumption, and one that can potentially reduce the environmental impacts of fashion by prolonging the practical service life of clothes. In this study, we used life cycle assessment to explore the environmental performance of clothing libraries, as one of the possible ways in which collaborative consumption can be implemented, and compared the advantages and disadvantages in relation to conventional business models.

    Reference: Zamani et al. (2017)

    Irish Green Building Council develops new Ireland EPD programme

    IGBC is currently developing the EPD Ireland programme with the support of EPA Green Enterprise funding. This will allow Irish producers to create an Environmental Product Declaration for their product, using product category rules for Ireland and have it verified and published on a national platform.

    Read more: https://www.igbc.ie/what-is-an-epd/

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