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:

    World Steel Association (worldsteel) releases its 2017 global and regional steel Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data.

    The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has released its 2017 global and regional steel life cycle inventory (LCI) data. The datasets provide the most accurate and comprehensive data on the environmental profile of 16 key products. In Australia and New Zealand data for steel is available in the EPDs from BlueScope Steel and OneSteel. 

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    Jonas Bengtsson -  New ALCAS President

    Jonas Bengtsson, CEO of Edge Environment, was elected as the new President of ALCAS at the July AGM, taking over from Tim Grant who has shepherded ALCAS for the last two years.

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    LCA compares three production methods of butanol

    An LCA recently published in the journal Fuel compares three production methods of butanol.

    1. Oxo synthesis
    2. ABE fermentation using corn
    3. ABE fermentation using wheat

    The ABE fermentation using corn as substrate presents the highest environmental impact and the ABE fermentation using wheat straw is the one that presents the lowest environmental impact, when the allocation method was based on mass.

    GaBi 8.0 – the next generation of Life Cycle Assessment

    GaBi, one of the world’s leading software solutions for Eco-Footprinting, Life Cycle Assessment and EPD preparation, has been given a new look and a complete overhaul. GaBi 8.0, newly released by sustainability specialist thinkstep, was built with user-friendliness at its core. Users will experience a new, intuitive program, with improved menu navigation, optimised control panels and simpler language.

    Stymied by Water Footprint Assessment? New Guide Can Help

    Water footprinting involves pulling together metrics that quantify the potential environmental impacts related to water, accounting for both water consumption and water pollution as well as considering the influence of location, timing and other relevant information. To address the issues of both water shortages and the pollution of water bodies, it is critical that companies have correct and relevant data. A new handbook is now available to help organizations understand how to undertake a water footprint assessment using ISO 14046.

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    Comparing PEF and EPD For Construction Products

    A large construction trade association was interested in comparing PEF and EPD to improve its reporting. Therefore, PRé did PEF studies on two equivalent products and compared the results to EPDs based on the EN 15804 standard.

    Ingredients’ carbon footprint in the spotlight: DSM touts its Vitamin E’s credentials

    Dutch ingredients multinational DSM says it recently conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of its vitamin E production, which confirmed that the production methods being used have the lowest carbon footprint in the industry. “Now DSM customers can calculate its environmental impact for themselves,” the company asserts.