LCA

    New study reveals lighter environmental footprint for fibers sourced from flax and recycled clothing

    Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) today announced the release of a groundbreaking Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing the environmental performance of ten different raw material sources of manmade cellulose fiber (MMCF). The study examined a broad range of environmental issues, from the time raw materials are obtained from global forests, agricultural operations or other sources, through the production of viscose (also known as rayon) and other MMCFs. 

    Mealworm meal falls short when compared to fishmeal or soy in LCA

    French researchers found mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) larvae meal has a poor environmental performance compared to soymeal or fishmeal.

     Read more:https://www.feednavigator.com/Article/2017/10/17/Mealworm-meal-falls-short-when-compared-to-fishmeal-or-soy-in-LCA

    Avery expands ThinkThin label range; introduces LCA analysis tool

    In a bid to help end-users on their sustainability goals, labelstock major Avery Dennison has introduced a clear methodology for understanding the environmental consequences of labeling and packaging solutions for its range of thin labels.

    Read more:http://www.printweek.in/news/avery-expands-thinkthin-label-range-introduces-lca-analysis-tool-26625

    Electric cars can become more eco-friendly through life cycle assessment

    It is time to stop discussing whether electric cars are good or bad. Instead industry, authorities and policy-makers need to work together to make them as eco-friendly as possible. This is the view taken by Anders Nordelöf, a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology. In a recent thesis, he provides concrete advice and tools showing how life cycle assessment can assist in the development of electric cars.

    Read more:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/cuot-ecc101117.php

    Bio-methane transforms from landfill waste to energy source

    Repurposing wasted methane gas is the focus of a new study published in the journal Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy (DOI: 10.1002/ep.12762) by chemical engineers from Michigan Technological University. Specifically, they examined the carbon footprint of anaerobic digestion—composting organics without air—which can be used to redirect methane into a usable energy source.

    Researchers develop method to quantify life cycle land use of natural gas

    A case study of the Barnett Shale region in Texas, where hydraulic fracturing was first implemented, for the first time provides quantifiable information on the life cycle land use of generating electricity from natural gas based on physical measurements instead of using assumptions and averages that were previously used for evaluation.

    PhD. Candidate job posting: Life cycle assessment of soil based options for greenhouse gas removal

    This PhD studentship is part of the NERC-funded Soils-R-GGREAT project. The PhD focuses on the consequential Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of managing agricultural and forestry systems including the use of biochar for greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere (GGRA) through increased soil carbon.

    Read more: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/research/phd/life-cycle-assessment-of-soil-b...

    Bombardier receives second environmental product declaration for its C Series Aircraft

    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced today at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva the publication of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the CS300 aircraft. The news was made public one year after the CS100 aircraft received the same certification. No other aircraft manufacturer discloses the full environmental impact of their products. 

    AI launch EPDs for specialist concrete products

    AGGREGATE Industries have partnered with BASF Construction Chemicals to create a suite of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to provide clients with detailed information on the environmental impact of their ready-mixed concrete, and to encourage the implementation of sustainable solutions.

    Read more: https://www.agg-net.com/news/ai-launch-epds-for-specialist-concrete-products

    Assessing and promoting biodiversity requires collaboration throughout the value chain

    UPM Raflatac has partnered with Quantis and Nestle Research Centre to study and capture the biodiversity impacts of forestry practices in life cycle assessment. The study shows how biodiversity in the boreal forest can be captured in LCA, allowing users of wood fibre-based products to differentiate between alternative sources of fibre and inform responsible sourcing decision making.

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