Life Cycle Management Articles

  • The Power of Reclaimed Water

    Power generation need not be another source of strain on diminishing freshwater resources. Well-established water reclamation technologies are enabling producers to conserve resources and money. Meeting the needs of a planetary population expected to surpass eight billion people by 2025 is requiring more output from fewer resources. In the case of dwindling supplies of ...


    By Veolia Water Technologies

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Streamlining the Licensing Workflow - Why Attending Conferences is Important

    From January through June every year I am either managing meeting logistics or attending one of a few trade conferences which are very important to our business and the businesses we support – primarily media and entertainment and brand licensing. Others on my team spend time at film festivals and music conferences around the world. Our mission is simple: identify companies that license ...


    By Vistex Inc

  • 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

  • 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

  • How product LCA empowers CSO

    New Verdantix report highlights GaBi’s critical role across multiple business functions to maximise sustainability performance The recently published report by analyst firm Verdantix explains how thinkstep’s product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software, GaBi, can support different business functions to incorporate sustainability considerations into relevant processes; ...


    By thinkstep

  • Life cycle assessment

    The white paper describes the concept of Life Cycle Assessment and what LCA can do for you. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the systematic analysis of the environmental impact of products during their entire life cycle. The life cycle of a product comprises of production, use and disposal phases. Environmental impacts are evaluated throughout, also including the upstream and ...


    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

  • Aggregated data

    The white paper describes what is meant by aggregated data. In the context of life cycle assessments aggregation means to trace back process data to elementary material flows and to compress the data into a single list of inputs and outputs. Elementary flows are all substances, originating from environment (e.g. crude oil, minerals) and being emitted into the environment ...


    By thinkstep

  • Advantages of edge deployment with thermo bond concrete buildings

    As companies start to distribute their computing to the edge, one of the most critical decisions they need to make is which type of building works best for their application. Edge computing requires solid, secure facilities and networks. Industry experts advise that edge computing equipment should be installed in structures that are built as robust as large data centers with the same concerns for ...


    By Thermo Bond Buildings, LLC

  • Sludge dewatering in Circular Economy

    The change of mentality to a circular economy has revealed the importance of reusing and energy recovery from sludge as secondary raw material Circular economy and re-use of waste materials ...


    By Toro Equipment S.L.

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