Oxford PV perovskite solar cells show positive environmental impact first results

    Oxford PV – The Perovskite Company, the leader in the field of perovskite solar cells, announced that its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cells, currently being used to conduct a life-cycle environmental impact study, have shown positive first results.

    Leather product environmental footprint category rules officially approved

    On 18 April 2018, the Leather Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (Leather PEFCR) were officially approved by the Environmental Footprint Steering Committee. The establishment of the Leather PEFCR represents a major milestone in coming to a harmonised methodology for the calculation of the environmental footprint of leather made from hides and skins of animals slaughtered for the production of meat, which represents 95%+ of all leathers traded worldwide.

    Exploring Low-Concentration PV Technology as an Environmentally-Friendly Option in Large-Scale Applications

    Low-concentration PV technology is an interesting concept because it can work as a static concentrator without any tracking systems or seasonal adjustments, showing potential benefits of introducing the CPV or CPV/T (Concentrating Photovoltaic/Thermal) systems for building applications. Researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China conducted a life cycle assessment of the low-concentration PV technology for building south wall integration in China to quantify the environmental impacts of it during the entire lifecycle.

    Great momentum gained for developing systemic solutions to marine plastics

    Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Environment hosted a successful expert workshop in Paris (France) in February, under the GEF project “Systemic Approach to Marine Plastics”. More than 40 global experts, governmental officials, private sector actors and NGOs contributed to the workshop, and the workshop took stock of a growing knowledge on the sources, pathways and key environmental hotspots of marine plastics. 

    GLAM project, and Pellston Workshop® on Life Cycle Impact Indicators, Part 2 (Life Cycle Initiative)

    As a legacy of the Initiative’s phase 3, the project “Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators and Methods” (GLAM) has been approved by the Steering Committee, as a project in the programme area on knowledge. This project aims to create a library of recommended impact assessment. 

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    Updates on two REAL pilot projects from the Asia Pacific

    Two pilot projects are making great progress under the project REAL, funded by the European Commission.

    Danish EPA: Plastic Bags have Lowest Environmental Impact

    The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has published a study that analyses the life cycle environmental impacts of production, use and disposal of grocery carrier bags currently available in Danish supermarkets. The aim of the study being was to identify the bag with the best environmental performance, the recommended number of reuses and the best disposal option of a grocery bag.

    Reflections from the EU Environmental Footprint Final Conference

    Over the past few years, the European Commission has run a pilot on their Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisational Environmental Footprint (OEF) projects. The EU Environmental Footprint Final Conference, which took place from 23 – 25 April 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, brought together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the progress of and vision for PEF.

    The Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard streamlines carbon neutral certification for products with an Australasian EPD

    The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and the Australasian EPD Programme are pleased to announce that Australasian Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) can now utilise a streamlined carbon neutral certification process. This will make it much easier and more cost-effective for businesses that are developing or have developed an EPD to also achieve carbon neutral certification.

    Absolute Sustainability Research

    NZLCM Centre student Chanjief Chandrakumar and supervisor Professor Sarah McLaren have published an article on development of indicators for an absolute sustainability approach to support Earth System Governance. Published in Ecological Indicators, the article is available free of charge until 25th May 2018 at the link below.