Toxicity is often viewed from a risk management perspective (is it safe?) or from a best estimate perspective (which is safer?). Although experts mostly use only one of these methods, combining the two can lead to better sustainability decisions.
Each month, one of PRé's people talks about his or her favourite sustainability initiative. This month, Anne Gaasbeek talks about 1%Club, a crowdfunding platform for sustainable campaigns that allows people to contribute money or knowledge.
LCAs are too valuable to end up unread at the bottom of a pile. Before LCA practitioners can claim their seat at strategy discussions, they face the challenge of making the other departments understand the relevance of LCA for their work.
Other departments in your organisation already look to you to provide information on your company's environmental impacts. With the Social Hotspots Database, you can help them make even better decision by looking at your social impacts as well.
Some issues in LCA are heavily debated because there is no single right answer. How to allocate impacts in multifunctional processes or recycling is such a debate. This article gives an overview of the available methods and how they work.
For the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Products (IISRP), PRé conducted four LCAs on different types of synthetic rubber. This empowers IISRP’s 60 members to respond to customer queries about their environmental impacts.
Each month, one of PRé’s people talks about his or her favourite sustainability initiative. This month, Sanne van der Es talks about shareyourmeal.net, an initiative that allows people to share and find home-cooked meals in their neighbourhood.
LCA results can only be truly useful if your colleagues understand the importance and impact of your assessment. This article provides a few tips on how to help your company understand the results of a methodology as complex as LCA.
Each month, one of PRé's people talks about his or her favourite sustainability initiative. This month, Laura Golsteijn talks about Dress for Success, an initiative that helps low-income people prepare to make a good impression at job interviews.
DSM, BMW and Steelcase on how and why the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment may pave the way for a new global standard that companies can benefit for.
When upgrading to a newer version of an LCI database, it's important to be aware of how your LCA results will change. PRé's LCA expert Tommie Ponsioen outlines four categories of changes and their impact, to help you explain your changing results.
In this final part of the series, we will explore how organizations can deploy an index to make consistent decisions to support a sustainability strategy.
The Monte Carlo simulation is a well-known way of dealing with the fact that most environmental data isn't confined to a single value but falls in a range of values with some sort of probability attached. But how does it actually work?
In Part I of this series, we explored the basics of why a company would use a sustainability index to help guide decision-making. Here, we go into further depth on the steps to create such an index.
LCA is science-driven and robust, but showing its value is not always easy. A big step LCA practitioners can take is learning to use LCA to tell the stories of your products, your people, and your company. How can you use LCA to meet needs?
Version 3.1 of the ecoinvent databases provides three system models to choose from: 'Allocation, default', 'Allocation, recycled content', and 'Consequential'. This article briefly describes their methodological differences.
PRé has always believed in and worked for a sustainable future and we believe insight into the environmental and social impacts of products is a crucial step towards this future. Our approach is one of collaboration, working with partners across the world and training companies to use sustainability metrics independently. So when looking for a way to give back, it made sense to us to use our years of experience with Life Cycle Assessment to help the next generation of mission-driven businesses.
We measure business models through a conventional cost-benefit analysis, and we do that even in what are considered sustainable business models. Is that the way to go, and does it reflect all values that are created?