Environmental Assessments Articles

  • Wincor Nixdorf - Case Study

    Life Cycle Assessment moves Green IT into the future Wincor Nixdorf is now able to declare the environmental impact of their products. The study builds the foundation for the pioneering concept of the green ATM, with lower energy consumption and reduced emissions, and contributes to the company’s eco-design guideline optimization. Wincor Nixdorf can now declare a valid ...


    By thinkstep

  • Hewlett-Packard - Case Study

    Saving through GaBi Envision Software & scalable Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Tools thinkstep worked with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to develop an innovative platform approach for completing complex life cycle assessments for printing and imaging systems. thinkstep created a parameterized and fully configurable template for printer and imaging equipment using GaBi Envision software. This allowed HP ...


    By thinkstep

  • Innovia Films - Case Study

    Informed choices for sustainable manufacturing - the LCAs provided a valuable benchmark for Innovia Films and its cellulose based product. Innovia Films has used the GaBi Cradle to Gate life-cycle assessment tool and scenario modelling software to establish sound environmental credentials for its products and processes. Working with thinkstep, the company now has the knowledge to drive ...


    By thinkstep

  • Interface - Case Study

    Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to guide their sustainability journey. Interface obtains Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for all its carpet product. Interface, the worldwide leader in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, uses GaBi life cycle assessment software to understand its products’ environmental footprints, improve their ...


    By thinkstep

  • Tata Steel - Case Study

    The Business Case for Product Sustainability. Through LCA Tata Steel is able to understand the impacts and benefits across the life cycle. Using GaBi Software, Tata Steel’s sustainability team can build product models covering environmental impacts such as energy use, carbon emissions, water consumption and material usage. Life Cycle Assessment studies help Tata Steel understand how steel ...


    By thinkstep

  • New Zealand Merino - Case Study

    Transforming the New Zealand Wool industry. Using LCA to support innovation and sustainability across the supply chain. NZM wanted to reduce their environmental footprint across the life cycle of their wool products throughout their entire operations, including their supply chain partners. thinkstep undertook an extensive Life Cycle Assessment study of NZM’s wool products, throughout their ...


    By thinkstep

  • ThyssenKrupp Elevator - Case Study

    ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas rises to the top in transparency and disclosure with thinkstep In 2008 ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, embarked on a sustainability journey and tapped thinkstep and its 20-plus years of experience to perform audits to gain insight into areas where it could improve its business practices while reducing its Carbon footprint. The company uses thinkstep’s GaBi ...


    By thinkstep

  • WE-EF - Case Study

    Lighting the way to EPD success WE-EF used Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) to quantify, document and communicate the environmental impacts of their products. In modern industry and business, transparency and disclosure are mandatory. All major green building schemes – LEED, GreenStar, DGNB, BREEAM – have implemented systems for disclosing ...


    By thinkstep

  • EUON Study Finds Knowledge Gaps Exist in Risk Assessment of Nano-Sized Pigments

    The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) announced on September 7, 2018, that a new study ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Case Study: Odor Abatement Solutions

    Odor issues related to industrial processes are not uncommon.  An odor is caused by one or more volatilized organic compounds (VOCs) that humans can perceive by the sense of smell.  The challenge is that “odor is subjective, and what is sweet to some, can be a nuisance to others.   In most cases the ...

  • Substance compliance for sustainability

    Turning requirements into opportunities. Answers for industry. Substance compliance helps manufacturers develop products that comply with government mandated environmental regulations. Companies that leverage compliance as an integral element in their lifecycle processes (as opposed to treating compliance only as an event) gain competitive advantage by getting their products ...


    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

  • Life cycle assessment - An executive overview

    An Executive Overview of Applications, Market Drivers and Business Benefits Rising demands from customers and regulators for improved environmental performance and increased transparency are driving a surge in interest Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a tool for improvement and innovation while avoiding burden shifting and unintended consequences. Read this executive overview ...


    By thinkstep

  • LCA in construction: status, impact, and limitations

    The white paper provides concise information about LCA in the manufacturing sector and in design practice. The white paper provides concise information about Life Cycle Assessment, the role of LCA in codes, standards and rating programs, and the recommended application of LCA in the manufacturing sector and in design practice. Lead authors Steve Baer and Christoph Koffler ...


    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Assessing the impact of volcanic eruptions on climate extremes using CMIP5 models

    This study analyzes extreme temperature and precipitation responses over the global land to five explosive tropical volcanic eruptions that occurred since the 1880s, using CMIP5 multi-model simulations. Changes in annual extreme indices during post-eruption years are examined using a composite analysis. First, a robust global decrease in extreme temperature is found, which is stronger than the ...

  • What the REC? Understanding RECs, CRECs and HRECs in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

    With all of the acronyms in the environmental consulting industry, reading a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment report can be a challenge.  And if the report contains the acronym REC, confusion may give way to dread. A Recognized Environmental Condition, or REC, is a ...


    By PM Environmental

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