SSCI Public Consultation Opportunity

    The Consumer Goods Forum  is launching the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative:SSCI in order to promote good social and environmental practices in global supply chains by benchmarking and recognising third-party audit programmes and certification schemes. In order to show their commitment to providing transparency, they are inviting all stakeholders and interested parties to participate in the public consultation of the SSCI Benchmarking Criteria for social compliance schemes ahead of their official launch later this year.

    Entries for The Circulars 2019 – Open!

    The Circulars is the world’s premier circular economy award program that is created as an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Economic Leaders, in collaboration with the Accenture Strategy. It has started accepting applications as of 1st of August and will be receiving until the 30th of September 2018. Application is free of charge. The finalists will be determined at the end of 2018 and the awards will be hosted in the World E

    Can European pigs thrive on local feedstuffs like rapeseed meal and DDGS?

    Efficient use of local resources may improve the productivity, resilience and competitiveness of European pig production, says Wendy Rauw, research scientist, INIA in Spain.

    LCA and EPD help Fibercon win environmental award

    ALCAS member Fibercon won the award for Sustainability and Environment at the recent Concrete Awards in Queensland.  The award was given for their Emesh 100% Recycled Macro Poly used for concrete reinforcing. To ensure the quality and credibility of the environmental data, Fibercon published an independently audited Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). “The EPD was what we saw as a requirement, again because it was rigorous,” said Combe. “The harsh light of third party audit meant that we were being serious about what we wanted to do.”

    Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information Published by UN Environment

    UN Environment and the International Trade Centre recently released the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information, a global guidance document on making effective environmental, social and economic claims, to empower and enable consumer choice.

    The Guidelines offer value chain and public sector professionals clear guidance on making effective, trustworthy claims to consumers, on product-related sustainability information. They are applicable to all regions and companies of all sizes.

    PhD research position for the sustainable use of textiles, Chalmers University of Technology 

    A new PhD position is now open at Chalmers University of Technology for the sustainable use of textiles. The holder of this position will engage in environmental systems analysis and behavioural research in a unique research facility. The researcher will contribute to knowledge regarding the actual behavioural patterns of laundry users, compare the reported with actual habits, and attempt to influence them by various cues and nudging approaches.

    Forest-based bioeconomy benefits climate, jobs and growth

    University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland held an event “Forest-based bioeconomy – benefits for climate, jobs and growth” in Brussels 8 November 2017. The event called for an increased role and identification of research needs of forest-based circular bioeconomy to address climate change, substitution of fossil-based materials, multiple use of forests and governance of bioresources.

    For more information on the discussion, click here: 

    Invitation for applications for JMSE Travel Awards 2018

    The Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is inviting applications for two Travel Awards for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to attend an international conference in 2018. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee presided by the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Tony Clare.

    For candidate requirements and application procedure, click here:

    iPoint Takes Over Industry Leader in Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Cost Accounting

    iPoint-systems continues its growth course. Since December 2017, ifu Institute for Environmental IT Hamburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the iPoint Group. The software and consulting company headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, is thus further expanding its solution portfolio in the area of life cycle assessment and material flow cost accounting.