Isko Becomes First Denim Manufacturer to Have All of its Products Environmentally Assessed

    In a move designed to help boost its understanding of the impacts involved in its supply chain, Turkey-based denima manufacturing giant Isko has worked to obtain Life Cycle Assessments of all 25,000 + of its denim products.

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    BillerudKorsnäs launches ‘climate-positive packaging’

    BillerudKorsnäs has launched what it describes as its first packaging with a climate-positive impact. D-Sack, the dissolvable sack for cement and other construction materials, disintegrates in a conventional mixer and the bio-based carbon in the paper is captured in the construction itself. In a life cycle assessment conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, D-Sack proves to capture CO2 over a one hundred-year perspective, meaning that it is climate positive.

    With buildings and infrastructure, it pays to take a life-cycle perspective

    In the face of limited funding to address massive infrastructure needs, and with climate action at top of mind, it is more important than ever for engineers, designers, and policy makers to understand the full economic and environmental costs of infrastructure project decisions — and not just impacts relating to material choice or from initial construction, but the impacts of choices across the entire life cycle of a project.

    Study projects future EVs to have 30-70% lower environmental impacts that current EVs when changes to electricity generation are considered

    Numerous studies have tackled the future environmental impact of battery-electric vehicles; the resulting assessments are highly uncertain. Now, a team of researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland, with colleagues at Leiden University (Netherlands) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have used Monte Carlo and global sensitivity analysis to quantify parametric uncertainty of the impacts. They also included two additional factors that have not yet been addressed in the field, they said.

    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.