life cycle assessment News

  • 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 ...

  • Come & meet us at Greenbuild Expo 2010

    Visit us at GreenBuild Expo this November 16-18 in Chicago, USA. We will be exhibiting and demonstrating several sustainability topics focused on: Quantifying Sustainability for the Building Industry Join us in Booth 1081 (near the Café stairs) for: Information about how to respond strategically and effectively to changing trends in product ...


    By thinkstep

  • Making sustainability measurable – Rhein-Galerie certified with Gold status

    As one of the first commercial buildings, the Rhein-Galerie, Ludwighafen’s new shopping mall with 60.000 m² sales area, has been certified with the Gold status of the DGNB certification scheme end of November. PE INTERNATIONAL was involved early in the planning phase and has accompanied the certification process with advisory support from the beginning. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) ...


    By thinkstep

  • InSinkErator – How to dispose 34 mio tons of food waste?

    Food waste is a large component of our solid waste problem. And the question of what to do with it is a challenge for communities worldwide. Most of the food waste ends up in landfill, contributing to greenhouse gases. PE INTERNATIONAL Inc. conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to help InSinkErator, a North American producer of disposers, to better understand the environmental impact of ...


    By thinkstep

  • 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 ...

  • Call for Papers on Industrial Ecology and Nanotechnology

    The Journal of Industrial Ecology announces a call for papers for a special issue on Industrial Ecology and Nanotechnology by March 1, 2007. Roland Clift, of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey, UK and Shannon Lloyd, of Concurrent Technologies Corporation, USA, will serve as co-editors of the special issue. The Journal of Industrial Ecology is an international ...


    By MIT Press Journals

  • 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

  • New Arabian online platform for suppliers of green building products released

    The first portal of its kind to originate in the Arab world, The Future Build assists architects, engineers and contractors in identifying and sourcing building products and materials that have been independently assessed to ensure they deliver the environmental benefits claimed. It also provides the latest green building news, as well as sustainable procurement and supply chain consulting and ...


    By thinkstep

  • 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

  • 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

  • ‘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 ...

  • 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

  • Umberto user workshop - in Berlin on 01./02.09.2011

    The 16th Umberto User Workshop will be held on September 1-2, 2011 in Berlin, subsequently to the Life Cycle Management Conference (LCM 2011), which takes place from August 28-31, 2011. Umberto users from industry and research will be speaking about their use of Umberto in practice. Key topics are applications of Umberto in chemical industry, waste ...


    By ifu Hamburg GmbH

  • 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.

  • Sustainability of Construction Products

    New Construction Products Regulation Calls for Evidence for Environmental Indicators The new Construction Products Regulation (CPR) becomes effective by July 1, 2013. It replaces the previously effective legal provision of the Construction Products Directive 89/106/EWG of 1988 and contains that manufacturers of CE- marked construction products must guarantee the environmental ...


    By thinkstep

  • 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 ...

  • More Changes to the LEED Program

    While more companies and building owners are demonstrating interest in green building and planning accordingly, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is revamping the LEED rating system this year. LEED 2012 will focus on areas that have been criticized by some, such as improving the rating system’s clarity (providing more precise technical criteria) and making the system more usable. ...


  • Reduce Global Warming and Save Taxpayers Billions - Asphalt Systems, Inc. says you can do both

    Imagine eliminating the total annual carbon dioxide emissions of Japan, or the combined emissions of the United Kingdom and Canada. A Salt Lake City, Utah company, Asphalt Systems, Inc. now has the data to prove that it can be done, and rather than costing money, it would actually ...


  • New ISO 14046 Water Footprinting Standard Released

    ISO have recently released a new Water Footprint Standard (ISO 14046) to communicate the importance of evaluating water management and supply. With water being a highly scarce global resource due to drought, water shortages, climate change, contamination and pollution; ISO 14046 promotes efficient measurement to create better management of water. ISO 14046 is a new international standard that ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • ISO Guide will help reduce environmental impacts of products

    ISO has published an updated edition of its guide to reducing the potential environmental impact of products by taking environmental aspects into account in product standards. Every product has an impact on the environment during all stages of its life-cycle, from extraction of resources to end-of-life treatment and the need to reduce the potential adverse impacts on the environment of a product ...

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