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?
This article gives a brief overview of the water footprinting methods that are available in SimaPro. It also notes some considerations when choosing a method and shows SimaPro features that can help with interpretation
The 'Projects to Libraries Links Manager' was introduced in SimaPro 8.0.3 and has been expanded with the release of SimaPro 8.0.4.
SimaPro does not support export in ILCD format, but does support export in EcoSpold 1 format. Data in EcoSpold 1 format can be converted to ILCD format with the openLCA conversion tool.
The newly released SimaPro 8.0.4 contains the new ecoinvent v3.1database, bug fixes and the new water footprinting method WAVE. More details in the article.
LCA has been slow to develop in the food and beverage sectors, although various breakthroughs have happened recently. What is so different about the allocation considerations in agricultural LCA? What makes these LCAs so difficult?
The basic question for any company starting out in sustainability is: What does sustainability mean to you? Answering this question requires breaking down complex information into manageable criteria. This three-part series addresses how to do that.
PRé founder and CEO Mark Goedkoop gave a presentation on the Handbook for Product Social Metrics at the Social LCA Conference in Montpellier this November 20th, to liaise with the research community and promote the next steps of the Roundtable.
Laura Golsteijn, Technical Analyst for PRé, contributed to the development of the new study: “Bad Labor Footprint”. In this article, she explains how the study offers a new perspective on how to account for the social impacts of globalization.
Eco labels about environmental impact are commonly accepted; but there is still a scarcity of metrics to estimate social impact | Article by Jacobine Das Gupta and Charles Duclaux, Members of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics
João Fontes, Social Footprinting expert at PRé, will moderate a panel formed by Sustainability Managers and experts from DSM, Marks & Spencer and Philips. The panel will discuss how social sustainability can contribute to Branding & Communications.
Your environmental sustainability programme is all set up and working. Where to go next? This article discusses the benefits and challenges of social sustainability monitoring, and gives pointers for how to start creating product social footprints.
The first pilot projects for testing the Product and Organisation Environmental Footprinting methodology started one year ago. This article gives an overview on what's going on in developing these sustainability metrics.
Interesting news for users of ecoinvent: the pedigree matrix approach of deriving uncertainty factors has been refined. The method developed by Andreas Ciroth and colleagues replaces expert judgement with empirical values.
NewMetrics '14 Panel Dives Into #SocialFootprint Approach for Ensuring Product Transparency. The panel was formed by representatives from BASF, L'Oréal and Steelcase, and João Fontes, Social Footprinting Expert at PRé
This series of articles discusses the steps in an LCA, each explained by an expert consultant. Today, Ellen Brilhuis-Meijer talks about weighting - or applying a value judgement to impact categories - and the controversies associated with this.