How to benefit from the global growth and harmonisation of EPDs

    The global hype around Environmental Product Declarations is gathering momentum as businesses and governments demand to understand how their procurement choices impact on the environment. Following are some of the trends surrounding EPDs and the opportunities on offer discussed during a webinar with expert Jane Anderson, principal consultant with thinkstep in the UK, Stephen Mitchell, chair of the Australasian EPD Programme and Barbara Nebel, managing director of thinkstep in Australasia.

    PhD Scholoarship available: Leveraging Life Cycle-Based Environmental Sustainability In the New Zealand Horticultural Sector for a Profitable Future

    A PhD scholarship is available from Massey University for a three year project in association with Plant and Food Research’s programme on “Socio-economics of land use and land use change”.

    The successful student will receive $25,000 per year plus payment of study fees for three years.

    ALCAS President’s Report 2017

    ALCAS has published its 2017 President’s report written by newly appointed President - Jonas Bengtsson. You can read it here: 

    LCI’s Organizational LCA Road Testing Publication launched

    The report ‘Road testing organizational life cycle assessment around the world: Applications, experiences and lessons learned’ was recently published by the Life Cycle Initiative (LCI).

    CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) conference to return to Copenhagen (Denmark) in 2018

    In 2018, the CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) conference will return to Copenhagen (Denmark), 25 years after the LCE conference series was initiated by Professor Leo Alting and hosted by the Technical University of Denmark in 1993.

    Join the Medellin Declaration on Marine Litter in Life Cycle Assessment and Management

    The Medellin Declaration on Marine Litter in Life Cycle Assessment and Mnagement was facilitated by the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle innovation (FSLCI) in close cooperation with La Red Iberoamericana de Cicolo de Vida (RICV on Wednesday, 14 June 2017.

    LCA used to Determine End of Life Solution for New Polymer Ten-Pound notes

    The new British ten pound notes came into circulation on September 14, 2017 – The Bank of England decided to move to polymer notes because they are cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes. An LCA study was conducted to determine the most suitable end of life solution for the new polymer notes, and recycling them turned out to be the most favourable option according to the study. 

    The Digital Farm and the Impact of Green Eggs

    Scientists have been tracking the environmental footprint of Canadian egg products and looking at the optimal models of farming to reduce environmental impacts.

    EPDs, LCAs and the Circular Economy – Interlinked Tools for a Closed Loop Economy

    An excellent example of how EPDs, LCA and the Circular Economy link together. ASSA ABLOY Group describe Life Cycle Assessment as their central tool to reach a point where they have functioning closed loops, with minimal waste.

    Is your business aligned to future markets? Use LCA to find out.

    The World Resources Institute identifies ever-increasing consumption as the elephant in the boardroom. They suggest three steps to evaluate your business' risks and discover opportunities: