FSLCI Publishes Workshop Report on Life Cycle Education

    FSLCI has published the workshop report from the first stakeholder meeting of their Academic Partnership Program which focuses specifically on life cycle education in the context of higher education at universities. The Program brings together academic groups from around the world which are interested in sharing their respective knowledge and collaborate on the subject.

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    New EPD Hubs and Programmes in Brazil, India and Ireland

    New regional hubs for local support, registration and promotion of EPDs have been established in Brazil and India. They join New Zealand and Australia (Australasian EPD Programme), Chile and Mexico (EPD Latin America) and Turkey (EPD Turkey) as part of the International EPD System.

    UN Environment Launches Technical Help Desk for LCA Databases

    The LCA Databases helpdesk is now online. The Technical Helpdesk for LCA Databases is a new forum for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data experts, developers of new national databases, managers of existing databases, and other interested individuals. The ‘Technical Helpdesk’ provides stakeholders wishing to establish and operate LCA databases with both training and support by international experts.

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    Call for Abstracts for the OECD/CRP Sponsored Circular Economy for Agri-Food Resource Management (CEARM), Seoul, South Korea, June 13-15, 2018

    The organisers of the OECD/CRP Sponsored Circular Economy for Agri-Food Resource Management  (CEARM) have issued a Call for Abstracts. The conference is being supported by universities in Asia-Pacific region: University of Queensland, Seoul National University and CSIRO/ANU. The conference will be at Seoul National University, South Korea, June 13-15, 2018.

    Environmental Assessment and Management in the Food Industry: New Study

     A new published study discusses the environmental impact of food production and processing, addressing issues such as nutrient management and water efficiency in agriculture. It also covers LCA methodology and challenges, with chapters focusing on different food industry sectors such as crop production, livestock and aquaculture.

    Special Issue on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in Journal of Industrial Ecology

    The Journal of Industrial Ecology has published a Special Issue on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. Jeroen Guinée (Leiden University), Thomas Gloria (Harvard University), Harn Wei Kua (National University of Signapore) and Bhawna Singh (Indian Ministry of the Environment) served as guest editors for the issue. The issue presents cutting edge research on LCSA including articles that:

    New biodiesel study highlights benefits

    A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits of using the renewable fuel. The study is the latest in the significant body of transparent, peer-reviewed, studies that conclusively quantify biodiesel’s widespread benefits.

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    Global Bioenergies: Estimation of a 69 % Reduction in GHG emissions for Fully Renewable ETBE Compared to Fossil Gasoline

    Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) has entrusted EVEA, a company specialized in calculation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), with a study focused on the products to be manufactured in the future IBN-One plant.

    Microwaves could be as bad for the environment as millions of cars suggests new research

    Microwaves usage across the EU alone emits as much carbon dioxide as nearly seven million cars according to a new study by The University of Manchester.

    Researchers at the University have carried out the first ever comprehensive study of the environmental impacts of microwaves, considering their whole life cycle, from ‘cradle to grave’.

    The study found:

    • Microwaves emit 7.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year in the EU. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 6.8 million cars.