Evaluating the environmental impact of debit card payments

    Consumers in the Netherlands made more than 3.2 billion debit card transactions at points-of-sale in 2015, corresponding to over half of all point-of-sale payments in that year. This study provides insights into the environmental impact of debit card transactions based on a life cycle assessment (LCA). In addition, it identifies several areas within the debit card payment chain where the environmental impact can be reduced. 

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    Frameworks for integrating animal welfare into Life cycle sustainability assessment

    This study seeks to provide a framework for integrating animal welfare as a fourth pillar into a life cycle sustainability assessment and presents three alternative animal welfare indicators.

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    New commentary and discussion article: Digesting the alphabet soup of LCA

    One of the most pertinent and enduring debates within the life-cycle assessment (LCA) community is on consequential (CLCA) and attributional LCA (ALCA). In this article, the authors refrain from further dwelling on this discussion, but rather discuss the more recent emergence of other modes of LCA.

    Michael Hauschild wins Lifetime Achievement Award for LCA

    The SETAC Europe Award for Lifetime Achievement in Life Cycle Assessment is conferred biannually by the SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and/or organizations in promoting life cycle thinking and improving LCA approaches.

    Call for nominations for the 2018 International Life Cycle Academy Awards

    An open call has been made for nominations for this year’s awards of the International Life Cycle Academy. Academy awards are given to honour contributions of outstanding quality, within the last or current year, within the field of quantitative sustainability assessment, in the form of either conference presentations or scientific publications. Equal weight is given to scientific content and application/communication.

    A brief review of the European Commission’s Environmental Footprinting (EF) pilot phase and what to expect next

    The European Commission’s Environmental Footprinting (EF) pilot phase has successfully ended. Of the 27 pilot projects, 14 have defined their product environmental footprint category rules (PEFCRs) or organisation environmental footprint sector rules (OEFSRs) for the European market and another 9 aim to do so by October. Now, the PEF method is available for use by anyone who is interested. Read on for a brief review and to see what’s next! 

    New Journal article: A discussion on the availability of life-cycle assessment studies in New Zealand

    In order to understand the environmental impacts of various products, processes, or services, it should be possible to obtain life-cycle assessment (LCA) reports quickly and easily without having to delve into restricted access or hidden databases. The aim of this study is to assess the availability of environmental LCAs, water footprinting, and carbon footprinting studies conducted in New Zealand.

    FSLCI Workshop on Marine Litter and LCA highlights urgency to act!

    FSLCI convened more than 30 key experts from the life cycle and marine litter community together with RICV from 22. – 23.

    How Does Smart Home Automation Affect the Environment? A life cycle perspective

    The practice of smart home automation – or the interconnectivity of household appliances, lighting, heating and security measures through the internet – is becoming more and more popular in the UK and abroad. One of the purported selling points of such a system is the beneficial effects it has on the environment (and on bills) by optimising the use of energy and flattening peak consumption rates.