life cycle assessment News

  • Energy Department announces new technical review to assess black cells at Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has assembled a group of independent technical experts to assess the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment Plant (WTP), specifically as it relates to the facility’s “black cells.” The review involves the plant’s capability, as designed, to detect equipment failure and to repair failed ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Never Assume: Ontario utility surprised to find unexpected pipe material during force main condition assessment

    The familiar adage, “never assume anything” certainly applies to the water and wastewater pipeline industry. The message was brought home to Utilities Kingston (UK) early this year when the utility was surprised to find unexpected pipe material on sections of pipe during a condition assessment on its Dalton Avenue (North ...

  • LCA Award 2010 - ifu sponsors UNEP/SETAC

    ifu Hamburg GmbH sponsors the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative by providing software licenses and support to projects in developing countries. UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and the association SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) are jointly running the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. The main objective is to 'enable users around the world to put life cycle ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • Meet ifu Hamburg at [avniR] LCA conference in Lille, France

    [avniR] conference ist the main event on Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment in France. The conference will take place on Nov 05/06, 2014 in Lille. More information on this event can be found on the [avniR] conference website ifu Hamburg representative Mrs. Mieke Klein will be participating with a poster on "Calculating Life Cycle Impact ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • Even more LCA Data for Umberto

    For the Umberto versions Umberto NXT LCA and Umberto NXT Universal we are now not only offering the ecoinvent 3 LCA database but also GaBi databases from PE International. The availability of data is one of the key factors in the development of LCAs (Life Cycle Assessments). The GaBi databases created by PE International include more than 6.500 “ready to use Life Cycle Inventory ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • ifu Hamburg at EcoBalance 2010 - on November 9-12, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan

    The International Conference on EcoBalance, organized by the Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan (ILCAJ), has been held in Japan since 1994 and one of the world's premier conferences in the field of life cycle assessment. The purpose of EcoBalance 2010 is to discuss problems and solutions in various fields such as energy, resources, food, water, transportation, consumer life etc. to clarify ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • WSP helps clients to road-test new standards under the GHG protocol initiative

    On January 20th the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) kicked off a trial period for two newly released standards under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Initiative. As part of the trial, sixty organizations from 17 nations have begun a road-testing period to test out the 'Product Life Cycle' and 'Scope 3' standards. These two ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Program of Umberto User Workshop available now

    On September 16/17, 2014 efficiency experts as well as for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) practitioners will meet for the 19th Umberto User Workshop in Hamburg. The program of the workshop has now been published and registrations are open! We have chosen intereresting presentations from industry, consulting and research. The first day's emphasis is on Umberto projects ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • The global warming potential of wheat

    Nitrous oxide concentrations in the earth’s atmosphere have increased since the industrial revolution. This is of concern as nitrous oxide contributes to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer. It has 310 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide and a lifespan of 120 years. Emissions from agricultural soils are considered to account for 70 to 80 percent of the increase. ...

  • Pipelife environmental EPD calculator now available

    Pipelife as an active member of The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) is keen to raise awareness of the value that plastic pipe systems offer for a sustainable future. In order to provide more transparency about the impact of plastic pipe systems on our environment, Pipelife has issued an environmental EPD calculation tool, available as iOS app on the app store and as ...


    By Pipelife International GmbH

  • EPA Awards Over $9 Million to Universities for Research to Help Predict the Implications of Chemicals on Human Health and the Environment

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced research grants to Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara to better understand the impacts of chemicals and nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design, manufacture, use and disposal. “EPA is committed to understanding how chemicals and materials can affect human health and the ...

  • Chemical footprint in development

    A measure of chemical footprint is being developed by researchers to assess the environmental impacts of the toxic chemicals released by the production and consumption of goods. The methodology, based on life cycle and risk assessment, is also designed to be linked to the resilience of ecosystems to chemical exposure. Environmental footprints, from carbon emissions to water use, are increasingly ...

  • Water Less Technology

    CO2 Footprint of the Key-System® In recent years the CO2 footprint has become increasingly important for determining companies' and products' impact on the climate. Therefore, reducing the CO2 footprint has the highest priority in Enswico's specifications for the Key-System. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the Key-System has shown that over ...


    By Euroteam Partners

  • LCA for Lexmark demonstrates significant benefits in cartridge recycling

    Our team in the US recently completed a life cycle assessment (LCA) for printing and imaging provider Lexmark International, Inc. to help them better understand the environmental impact of its toner cartridges. The study showed just how significant the benefit to the environment can be by recycling a used toner cartridge. The LCA demonstrated that sending a used Lexmark toner cartridge back to ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Quantum Compliance System announces collaborative partnership with The GoodBye Chain Group

     Quantum Compliance Systems, Inc. (Quantum) is pleased to announce the formation of a collaborative partnership with The GoodBye Chain Group (GCG) to form Green EcoSystems Group (GESG), to define and help clients manage the new views and requirements that will determine their sustainability, profitability and legacy reputation. In the new green business climate, US and International ...


    By Quantum Compliance

  • ANSES Calls for a Stronger Regulatory Framework for Nanomaterials

    The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published on May 15, 2014, a review of the available literature on health and environmental issues relating to manufactured nanomaterials. According to ANSES, the review “will help clarify ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • ‘Poor gain’ from extra treatment of wastewater to remove pharmaceuticals

    A recent study compared the decentralised treatment of pharmaceutical contaminants in wastewater at hospitals with centralised treatment at conventional and upgraded wastewater plants. The results suggest that additional (post) treatments may not always provide significant benefits. Conventional wastewater plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals excreted from the human body. As ...

  • Study Identifies Benefits and Potential Environmental/Health Impacts of Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles

    Lithium (Li-ion) batteries used to power plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles show overall promise to "fuel" these vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but there are areas for improvement to reduce possible environmental and public health impacts, according to a "cradle to grave" study of advanced Li-ion batteries ...


    By Abt Associates

  • ecoinvent v3 launched

    The new version of the database provides more data and more quality. Yesterday afternoon, the third generation of the ecoinvent database first saw the light of the day. From now on more data and even more quality are available for life cycle assessment. Highlights of the new version include of course the new and updated data. Instead of 4.000 datasets as in the previous version, ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • SETAC Europe addresses global ecosystem health in Gothenburg

    The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will host 1550 scientists from around the world to address the theme of “Protecting Ecosystem Health: Facing the Challenge of a Globally Changing Environment,” May 31 – June 4 at the Gothenburg Convention Centre. Nanotechnology’s impacts on the environment, risks from new pharmaceuticals, effects of contaminants at the molecular level, polar ...

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