Environmental Management Articles

  • How chemical treatment programmes can help to boost the efficiency of wastewater treatment

    Ipek Ozturk, Product Manager Wastewater of Kurita Europe, explains how chemical treatment programmes can help to boost the efficiency of wastewater treatment. Successful wastewater treatment is crucial for the smooth operation of refineries and petrochemical plants. A clever chemical treatment programme is able to increase the ratio of water recycling, yielding in ...


    By Kurita

  • EPA Issues Final Rule Delaying Compliance Date for Human Subjects Policy by Six Months; Institutions May Utilize Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay

    On June 19, 2018, sixteen federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), issued a final rule delaying until January 21, 2019, the general compliance date for 2017 revisions to the policy governing studies with human subjects that are sponsored or utilized for regulatory purposes by the federal government (83 Fed. Reg. 28497).  These revisions to the human testing ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • What is the Paris Climate Change agreement, and what could it mean for the world’s oceans?

    Whilst the Paris Agreement has been praised for its progressive steps towards the unification of the world’s leaders in action against the negative result of anthropogenic activity on the climate, it has also been criticised for its failure to determine legally enforced action as opposed to ‘promises’.Following research which charts the potential impacts of climate ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • HYDRIA ... A container of SYNERGIES!

    HYDRIA, the association of social promotion and archeological volunteering active in the municipalities of the Unione Reno Galliera, resides in Bentivoglio, about 500 meters from the IMA-BFB Division establishment – the world’s largest manufacturer of automatic machines for the packaging of pharmaceuticals, food, tobacco, tea and coffee. Among its members there is a group of ...

  • Conflict minerals

    New rules show the value of knowing your supply chain Read how thinkstep can help you comply with Dodd Frank and other issues. With Dodd Frank and other conflict mineral rules being just one part of a complex network of regulations, mandates and demands from customers for action on a wide range of issues, taking action to comply with it can be part of a pro-active approach ...


    By thinkstep

  • Uncertainty in life cycle inventory data

    Addressing uncertainty in LCI data with particular emphasis on variability in upstream supply chains. Uncertainty in Life Cycle Assessment is usually related to measurement errors determination of the relevant data, e.g., consumption or emission figures. This white paper addresses thinkstep’s recommendations for addressing the quantification of uncertainty in an LCA ...


    By thinkstep

  • Global guidance principles for life cycle assessment databases

    A basis for greener processes and products - ‘Shonan Guidance Principles’ The document provides guidance principles for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases; this includes how to collect raw data, how to develop datasets and how to manage databases. The publication also addresses questions concerning data documentation and review, coordination among databases, ...


    By thinkstep

  • Environmental footprinting initiative of the European commission

    Be ready with GaBi ts Software & Databases The recently launched Environmental Footprinting Initiative by the European Commission (also called Single Market for Green Products) aims at harmonizing many different methodologies available to calculate and communicate environmental information of products and organisations, in a standardised and repeatable manner. For LCA ...


    By thinkstep

  • Climate change reporting

    Managing information for climate change reporting: a CDP roadmap guide Using advanced software tools to enhance data quality and tackle climate change challenges The guide is aimed at all levels of responders -- from organizations making an initial submission to those with comprehensive responses or aiming to perform at the highest level. It includes a software roadmap to ...


    By thinkstep

  • Sustainability in the grocery marketplace

    Examples – Trends – Best Practices How can METTLER TOLEDO weighing technology contribute to greater sustainability? Where does food retail currently stand in relation to sustainability? This white paper sets out to provide you with a general overview. Chapter 2 contains numerous examples of food retailers’ sustainability initiatives, illustrates trends and ...


    By thinkstep

  • Commercial real estate sustainability

    How a Sustainability Platform Can Help This white paper explores why real estate companies are focusing more and more on sustainability, and how different companies engage with sustainability. It goes on to provide examples of how some of thinkstep’s real estate clients are using our platform to make sense of the “big data” involved in assessing and ...


    By thinkstep

  • The Environmental Product Declaration 2.0 concept

    A new way of integrating life cycle management. Building products manufacturers increasingly use LCA based information for their environmental communication. ISO 14025 consistent Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) provide an ideal format and verification structure, to deliver unbiased information transparently. The EPDs themselves are on the one hand side used in ...


    By thinkstep

  • LEED v4

    Ushering in the Era of Transparency and Disclosure A new era has dawned for the building and construction sector that will transform the way products are measured and specified. This change was ushered in July 2013 when the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) announced the adoption of the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating ...


    By thinkstep

  • Executive guide to energy, carbon and sustainability software

    Highlights from the Enterprise Carbon Accounting & Sustainability software report plus an exclusive vendor profile of thinkstep The ECA report is based on an analysis of 75 vendors, 30 vendor briefings and demos, and interviews with 26 companies that recently purchased software. Currently in its fifth version, the ECA report names each year the Market Leaders in ...


    By thinkstep

  • Green IT

    A holistic approach for identifying sustainable performance Green IT is more than taking single factors into account or realising technical improves such as energy efficiency or lead free components. Green IT has to be considered holistically in order to ensure added value for companies. Often responsibles think only about influencing the use phase, about reduction of heat ...


    By thinkstep

  • Implementation guide for carbon & sustainability software

    Capitalize on your carbon management solution investment. Corporate climate change reporting is becoming increasingly mainstream and public. Faced with scrutiny from stakeholders, including investors, regulators and consumers, companies need to ensure data quality and accuracy. Many companies still rely on their manual data collection process, data management and analysis ...


    By thinkstep

  • Transparency and the role of environmental product declarations

    The use and importance of EPDs in the validation and certification of life cycle-based product environmental impacts. The Whitepaper reviews the steps in creating Environmental Product Declarations consistent with the requirements of ISO 14025 2006, Environmental labels and declarations — Type III environmental declarations — Principles and procedures, and discusses the important ...


    By thinkstep

  • Carbon Footprint of electronic products

    Calculating the carbon footprint of electronic products with life cycle assessment. This whitepaper introduces a methodological approach for calculating the product carbon footprint considering industry-specific challenges and characteristics. The methodology is based on the extensive knowledge and experience of LCA practitioners. It enables and ...


    By thinkstep

  • Clean development mechanism projects

    What are Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects? The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is an element of the Kyoto Protocol that generates Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from eligible climate change projects in developing countries. CERs are valuable assets and can be used in compliance markets such as the EU ETS, or in national greenhouse gas schemes of Annex-I ...


    By thinkstep

  • LCA’s theory and practice

    Like ebony and ivory living in perfect harmony? Life cycle assessment (LCA) is recognized as a trustworthy, scientific while understandable approach to address the environmental sustainability of human activities. It is applied for multiple uses in internal and external information supply and for decision support. The Whitepaper provides the context for framing the ...


    By thinkstep

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