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  • Engineered nanoparticles: Understanding and managing potential risks

    Nanoparticles may be small, but they are at the centre of a huge debate. Nanotechnology has great potential for industry and society, but we need more awareness of the potential impact of manufactured or engineered nanoparticles on human health and the environment to ensure that its products are safe. Although nanotechnology is new, it is expanding quickly and research is needed to understand its ...

  • Corporate water accounting - methods and tools for measuring water use and impacts

    Corporate Water Accounting is a joint effort of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the CEO Water Mandate, which aims to assess existing and emerging water accounting methods and tools being used in the private sector. The goals of the effort focus on elucidating commonalities and differences among emerging methods and practice, identifying gaps and challenges and ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Best practices for groundwater data management focus of NGWA Webinar

    The “Life Cycle of Groundwater Data — From Field to Lab to Electronic Data Deliverable to Report” Webinar will be hosted by the National Ground Water Association at 2 p.m. ET on April 25, 2012. This hour-long presentation focuses on best practices for managing the groundwater data central to the success of most environmental projects. Groundwater analytical data progress through ...

  • Hydraulic fracturing consumes the largest share of water in shale gas production

    An average shale gas well in the Marcellus formation will use around 20 000 m3 of freshwater over its life cycle, new research suggests. In total, 65% of this is directly consumed at the well site and 35% is consumed further along the supply chain The extent of shale gas developments is expected to increase across the globe in the coming decades. In the US alone, the shale share of dry gas ...

  • Health ratings for urban environments provided by new software

    New software has been developed to rate the health risks of different activities in the urban environment, for example, cycling or driving in different areas of a city. ‘CENSE’ is based on a variety of different pollutants and environmental health hazards encountered in urban environments and may provide a useful tool for urban planning and improving residents’ quality of life, ...

  • Walmart to cut 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas from global supply chain

    CSRwire - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today announced a goal to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its global supply chain by the end of 2015. This represents one and a half times the company's estimated global carbon footprint growth over the next five years and is the equivalent of taking more than 3.8 million cars off the road for a year. 'Energy efficiency and ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • SETAC world congress / SETAC Europe Meeting – Berlin

    wca environment will have a strong presence at the this month’s combined SETAC 6th World Congress and SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting in Berlin in late May (20th – 24th May 2012). Graham Merrington, Adam Peters and Dean Leverett will be on-hand to welcome you to our shiny new stand in the main exhibition hall, and will be ready and willing to discuss anything and everything with ...


    By WCA Environment Ltd.

  • WSP launches new online green product design tool

    The way we design, make and unmake products is a major contributor to environmental impacts and issues. Over 80% of product-related environmental impacts are typically locked-in during the design phase of a product. Waste, toxics, global warming and water scarcity impacts can be significantly minimised through intelligent design, lifecycle thinking and eco-innovation. Product designers, their ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • ifu/UNC Seminar on Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Production

    Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNC), Faculty of Mining organizes this event on February 26, 2015 in Medellin, Colombia. The Colombian LCA Network (Red Colombiana de ACV) co-sponsors the seminar. Researchers and industry delegates will discuss Life Cycle Assessment (Análisis de Ciclo de Vida, ACV) and Eco-Efficiency (Eco-Eficiencia) as two instruments to achieve sustainable production. ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations issues call for abstracts for World Clean Air Congress

    The International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) has issued the call for abstracts for the World Clean Air Congress, September 12-16, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.The 2010 Congress will bring together specialists from academia, industry, consulting, environmental advocacy groups, and government to present innovative ways to ...

  • LRQA verifies LINPAC product carbon footprint

    Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) has verified LINPAC Allibert’s ’Maxinest’ distribution tray against Europe’s most authoritative product carbon footprinting (PCF) specification, PAS 2050. LINPAC Allibert’s carbon footprint assessment was conducted by Sustain according to PAS 2050 rules and regulations and verified by LRQA based on each crate performing 92 return trips (a 20 day cycle) ...


    By LRQA Limited

  • NNCO Announces Availability Of QEEN Workshop Report

    On March 28, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of a report entitled Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials (QEEN) from Manufactured Products: Addressing Environmental, Health, and Safety Implications. The report summarizes the July 7-8, 2015, QEEN workshop, which was ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Lynn L. Bergeson Speaks at SNO 2014 Conference

    During the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization’s (SNO) 2014 Conference, held November 2-4, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts, Lynn L. Bergeson presented the session “Current Developments in Nanotechnology Law and Policy.” SNO, a ...

  • Helping companies and consumers navigate the green maze

    The European Commission is proposing EU-wide methods to measure the environmental performance of products and organisations, and encouraging Member States and the private sector to take them up. Today, companies wanting to highlight the environmental performance of their products face numerous obstacles. They have to choose between several methods promoted by governments and private initiatives, ...

  • Environmental performance of construction and demolition waste management

    The EU Waste Framework Directive1 aims to recycle or recover materially 70% of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste by 2020. This study evaluated the performance of the Finnish waste management system against this target. The results showed that the system generates environmental benefits and is profitable, but has not reached the 70% target. The researchers suggest ways the tar Europe ...


    By European Commission

  • The environmental impact of gold production

    New research has assessed the environmental impact of gold production using life cycle assessment and estimated embodied energy and greenhouse gases, embodied water and solid waste burden that each tonne of gold produces. Gold is a highly valued metal, used not only in jewellery, but also electronics and other industrial applications, dentistry and for investment. Like other metal industries, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Sustainable Solutions Corporation Rolls Out Its Environmental Product Declaration Program with the Release of CertainTeed Ceilings’ Industry-First EPDs

    Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC) is proud to announce the recent publication of four CertainTeed Ceilings Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). SSC played an integral role in developing and publishing the series of EPDs covering 19 mineral fiber product families – the industry’s first for ceilings products. These EPDs represent close to ...

  • Carbon measurement methodology delivered for ICT sector

    A new methodology to calculate the carbon reducing potential of products and services from the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector has been released. WSP has been at the heart of the technical delivery. This practical method has been developed by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), with technical input from the Sustainability & Energy team in our North American business. ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Industry Pleads for Flexible EU Waste Hierarchy

    A large industry coalition has urged the European parliament’s environment committee to back flexibility in the EU’s waste hierarchy two weeks before its first reading vote on revising waste legislation. The plea reflects deep unease in business over the hierarchy. Most amendments submitted on the issue by MEPs call for a five-step hierarchy to replace the three-step approach proposed by the ...

  • Your Sustainable Packaging Solution

    Packaging is under intense scrutiny by both regulators and buyers. Questions tend to focus on recycling, recycled content and overall ecologically conscious designs. Some materials have a positive public image and others—like plastics—have a negative one. But the materials used in packaging are not the only important factors that determine ...


    By thinkstep

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