Thomas Elliot and his supervisors Prof Sarah J McLaren and Prof Ralph Sims have published an article in Sustainable Production and Consumption. The article investigates the environmental benefits associated with the uptake of E-bikes, which would potentially dispense the use of family size cars powered by petrol or diesel engines. The results showed that the potential life cycle impacts for the E-bike were favourable compared to the car for most impact categories, including GHG emissions.
Over the past decade and since the Life Cycle Initiative’s publication “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of Products” (2009), the interest in social impact assessment of products and companies has dramatically increased. While the Guidelines and the related methodological sheets have played a decisive role initiating the practice of Social Life Cycle Assessment, the landscape has greatly evolved in the meantime.
Brazil’s NATURA cosmetics firm has had sustainability at the centre of its business strategy for 40 years but recently the company has moved forward with applying Life Cycle thinking across its value chain.
In August this year, ahead of the FSLCI conference the FSLCI organized the 7th International Summer School on Life Cycle approaches for Sustainable Regional Development. The summer school was organized jointly with the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research.
In August this year the FSLCI organized its first ever Life Cycle Innovation Conference (LCIC 2018) helf under the theme “Collaborate, Innovate, Co-create”, the conference brought together more than 150 participants from around the world with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.
Also at the Life Cycle Innovation Conference in Berlin recently FSLCI and Inno4SD launched a new report on “Defining Sustainable Innovation from a Life Cycle Perspective.” The objective was to understand the link between innovation processes and sustainability from a life cycle perspective, from both, a conceptual as well as a practical perspective. It includes a summary of discussion on barriers, drivers and stakeholders of sustainable innovation within different innovation processes such as technological/product innovation, process/management innovation and business model innovation.