Environmental Footprint Articles

  • 4 years EU Environmental Footprint initiative – past, status, and outlook of expected policy details

    How the PEF and OEF can be expected to be used in EU policy and industry The development of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) was initiated with the aim of developing a harmonized environmental footprinting methodology that can accommodate a broader suite of relevant environmental performance criteria. While ...


    By thinkstep

  • Reducing costs through precise remote tracking

    Historically, inline inspection (ILI) tools used to identify defects on oil and gas pipelines have been tracked by field teams. However, recent technology advancements now allow pipeline owners to track pigs remotely, which is a much safer and cheaper alternative to traditional tracking. As pipeline integrity technology advances, asset owners are now using a wide variety of tools to detect ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • How can we reduce concrete’s hefty carbon footprint?

    A roomful of materials scientists, gathered at UCLA for a recent conference on “grand challenges in construction materials,” slowly passed a brick-size white block around the room. They held in their hands, briefly, part of the solution to one of those grand challenges. The white block, rock solid and surprisingly lightweight, was a new alternative to cement, the glue that holds ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Case study - Coil coater asks...`What carbon footprint?`

    Overview Our planet is getting warmer. At what rate it is occurring or how much human activity has to do with the increasing temperatures is a heated debate. One thing we do know for sure is that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a contributing factor in global warming and humans are responsible for a large portion of these emissions. These days, many individuals and businesses alike are trying ...

  • A Smaller Footprint - Sustainable Processes for Manufacturing

    Manufacturers working to adopt sustainable practices will find support from a new ASTM International guide. This standard (E2986, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes) will serve as a key reference tool in helping business and industries find consistent ways to collect data and evaluate metrics regarding sustainability, ultimately helping them ...


    By ASTM International

  • Corporate social responsibility of regional institutions: save water and money with an ecological economics perspective in a climate change context

    As ecological economic fundamentalists argue, we need a new paradigm for changing current global economic system basics. The real problem is that the limits of ecological economics are based on unrealistic or utopian objectives in the proposed research frameworks. Taking this problem into account, present research demonstrates that the combination of mixed methods creates valid results. In this ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A preliminary water footprint assessment of copper production in China

    Scarcer water resources, stricter water regulations, decline in ore grade and increasing controversy on water use between local communities and mining operators have raised awareness of good water stewardship as being vital to running commercially viable mining operations. Water footprint assessment (WFA) is a holistic methodological framework that allows detailed quantification of direct and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Renault Case study

    Customer Renault’s Tangier plant start up in early 2012, with two new production lines and an annual output capacity of 400,000 vehicles/year. Customer´s needs To reduce the environmental impact of the plant. No industrial waste water can be discharged into the natural ecosystem and the quantity of water consumed by manufacturing ...

  • Sustainable Consumption: EU to Propose Methods for Environmental Footprint Analysis

    The European Commission has developed two life cycle based methods for the analysis of environmental impacts for products (Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)) and organizations (Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF)) to harmonize environmental assessments and their related claims. The methods are currently being tested during a three-year pilot phase, with the 1st wave of pilots for ...


    By SGS

  • ThyssenKrupp Elevator Rises to the Top in Transparency and Disclosure

    ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas knows elevators. In fact, the company is one of the leading producers of elevator technology in the world, with over 13,500 employees in more than 200 locations across the western hemisphere. ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas understands that with its size and market share come environmental responsibility – a responsibility it takes very seriously. ...


    By thinkstep

  • EU to Start Pilot Phase for Environmental Footprint of Products and Organizations

    With the recent Communication “Building the Single Market for Green Products”  and the Recommendation on the use of Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)  and Organization Environmental Footprint (OEF)  methods, the European Commission is pushing forward with the requirement for companies to provide verified, comparable and consistent ...


    By SGS

  • Toshiba case study

    To many business customers looking to reduce their carbon footprint, purchasing a new print solution might not be an obvious choice. Toshiba TEC have confronted this issue head on with an innovative, marketing led offset initiative that sets them apart from their competitors and shows real leadership in a challenging market. As a corporate giant Toshiba are well aware of their environmental and ...


    By co2balance UK Ltd

  • Degrémont Optimizes Environmental Footprint for 60 Water Treatment Plants

    Over the past 10 years, Degrémont and GE (NYSE: GE) have helped more than 60 local municipalities and industries, including refining and petrochemical, save more than 40 billion liters of water with GE’s ZeeWeed* membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology. The purified ...


    By Water Active Ltd

  • Environmental Footprint - a game changer in sustainability?

    One of the potential hot topics for the near future is the Environmental Footprint. Do you think that this is becoming a game changer in sustainability? How are companies preparing for this? Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director EMEAI, Interface. ...


    By thinkstep

  • Carbon Reduction Versus Affordable Warmth - the district heating challenge

    Government and European Legislation, Building Regulations and planning requirements are driving the residential new build sector to consider and adopt technologies such as bio-diesel boilers, biomass boilers and heat pumps to support the delivery of low carbon developments. However, some of these more ‘exotic’ solutions have high fuel costs, compared to traditional technologies or ...


    By ENER-G

  • Reducing your CO2 Footprint by Advanced Global Trading

    A CO2 footprint is a measurement of the amount of greenhouse gases we produce through everyday activities. Of course most of us are aware that we can now calculate our CO2 footprint online. It’s largely just a matter of totting up our electricity and fuel bills. To then mitigate our personal contribution to global emissions we can purchase Emission Trading Permits (ETP). An ...

  • Between field and table: environmental implications of local food distribution

    Local food has been championed as a sustainable alternative to the industrial food system for many reasons, including a perceived environmental benefit through an expected decrease in the energy needed for transport from farm to market. The environmental benefit of local food, however, has been clouded by questions surrounding the energy footprint of small–scale distribution methods that do ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Case study - Environmental footprint and management strategies

    An organization’s environmental footprint (water, chemicals, energy, waste, etc.) is an essential component to maximizing its long-term profitability and fully understanding its risk management profile. Incorporating cost-management information derived using full social and environmental cost accounting or a life-cycle assessment can help facility and environmental managers identify and ...


    By MetaVu, Inc.

  • Foxconn scandal offers supply chain lessons

    What do Apple, HP and Dell have in common – apart from making computers? They all source electronics from Foxconn, the beleaguered Chinese company under fire for working conditions at its factories. There is a clear lesson to be drawn from the ongoing Foxconn ...

  • Balancing Environmental Concerns with Beach Attractiveness

    Maintaining beaches that are free of human debris often creates a challenge, because synthetic debris often mixes with natural organic deposits from the ocean, like seaweed. For many beach owners and locations, removing seaweed and other debris at the tide line using mechanical beach cleaners is no problem, and actually, preferred. This creates a pristine beach for visitors to enjoy. In addition ...


    By H. Barber & Sons, Inc.

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