Call for nominations for the 2018 International Life Cycle Academy Awards

    An open call has been made for nominations for this year’s awards of the International Life Cycle Academy. Academy awards are given to honour contributions of outstanding quality, within the last or current year, within the field of quantitative sustainability assessment, in the form of either conference presentations or scientific publications. Equal weight is given to scientific content and application/communication.

    A brief review of the European Commission’s Environmental Footprinting (EF) pilot phase and what to expect next

    The European Commission’s Environmental Footprinting (EF) pilot phase has successfully ended. Of the 27 pilot projects, 14 have defined their product environmental footprint category rules (PEFCRs) or organisation environmental footprint sector rules (OEFSRs) for the European market and another 9 aim to do so by October. Now, the PEF method is available for use by anyone who is interested. Read on for a brief review and to see what’s next! 

    New Journal article: A discussion on the availability of life-cycle assessment studies in New Zealand

    In order to understand the environmental impacts of various products, processes, or services, it should be possible to obtain life-cycle assessment (LCA) reports quickly and easily without having to delve into restricted access or hidden databases. The aim of this study is to assess the availability of environmental LCAs, water footprinting, and carbon footprinting studies conducted in New Zealand.

    FSLCI Workshop on Marine Litter and LCA highlights urgency to act!

    FSLCI convened more than 30 key experts from the life cycle and marine litter community together with RICV from 22. – 23.

    How Does Smart Home Automation Affect the Environment? A life cycle perspective

    The practice of smart home automation – or the interconnectivity of household appliances, lighting, heating and security measures through the internet – is becoming more and more popular in the UK and abroad. One of the purported selling points of such a system is the beneficial effects it has on the environment (and on bills) by optimising the use of energy and flattening peak consumption rates.

    Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers

    Food is produced and processed by millions of farmers and intermediaries globally, with substantial associated environmental costs. Given the heterogeneity of producers, what is the best way to reduce food's environmental impacts? Poore and Nemecek consolidated data on the multiple environmental impacts of 38,000 farms producing 40 different agricultural goods around the world in a meta-analysis comparing various types of food production systems.

    Recycling gives aluminium the life-cycle advantage, argues industry

    The aluminium industry dismisses the steel industry’s claims that it produces more CO2 over its lifetime, pointing to recycling and the importance of the use-phase. 

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    Importance of LCAs: Now, in future

    In the United States, the healthcare market for reusable textiles is 20% compared to the 80% market share held by single-use disposables. And, there are 50 salespeople representing disposables for each salesperson selling reusable textile products. The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) is working with its members to change this situation. With a mission to create greater awareness and appreciation for reusable textiles, ARTA strives to provide its members with data and marketing resources that help make the case for reusable textiles. 

    Assa Abloy Adds New EPD

    Assa Abloy has announced the company’s latest Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is for the Pemko Silicone Adhesive Smoke and Fire Gasket product line, which includes the Pemko S44, S77, S88, S442, S771, S771x6, S772, S773 and S776.