Our world economy is only 9.1% circular, leaving a massive Circularity Gap. This is an alarming United Nations statistic from the global Circularity Gap Report. Released this year, the Circularity Gap Report provides data and a framework for measuring and monitoring progress in bridging this gap, year by year. Tracking and targeting performance via the Global Circularity Metric helps us engage in uniform goal-setting and guides future action toward the greatest impacts.
What is a Life Cycle Assessment? Life Cycle Assessment is a methodological framework (defined in the DIN ISO 14040/44) to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product`s life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling.
What Is Carbon Footprint Analysis? A Carbon Footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a person, organization, event or product.
What is Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF)? The European Commission launched the Environmental Footprint (EF) initiative under the Single Market Act, with a focus on green products. It is designed to harmonize the many different methodologies that are available to calculate and communicate environmental information on products and organizations, covering the entire life cycle from cradle to grave and a wide range of environmental issues including climate...
What is Water Footprinting? The water footprint is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business.
What is an Environmental Product Declaration? An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a verified (and registered) document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life cycle environmental performance of your products. Environmental Product Declarations according to ISO 14025 and/or EN 15804 support companies in proving their responsibility for providing relevant product related environmental information.
What is ErP Directive Ecodesign? The new Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) for Energy using Products (EuP) and Energy related Products (ErP) strongly impact producers.
What is Green IT? Green IT is more than taking single factors into account. Green IT has to be considered holistically in order to ensure added value for your company and to face the challenges in near future. Are you aware of the Power Usage Effectiveness factor (PUE) of your IT System? Do you know how to reduce your Carbon Usage Effectiveness factor (CUE) down to zero? And what do you do beyond?
Packaging is under intense scrutiny by both regulators and buyers. Questions tend to focus on recycling, recycled content and overall ecologically conscious designs. Some materials have a positive public image and others, like plastics, have a negative one. But the materials used in packaging are not the only important factors that determine sustainability.