Sustainability Case Studies
Hundreds of companies have put their trust in PRé during the last two decades. PRé has built as worldwide reputation as a leader on environmental and social impact assessment. We work with organisations and institutes like the European Commission, European Space Agency, and DSM, among other. Below you find a sample of customer stories, about their collaboration with PRé.
For the European Space Agency (ESA), PRé and two other parties did an LCA on a satellite mission. Not only did we provide them with insight to help mitigate environmental impacts, we prepared them to do future LCAs themselves.
Small mother-and-daughter-run company Relan turns old banners and billboards into bags. PRé did an environmental impact assessment to help Relan find ways to further reduce impacts and improve customer communication.
For UNETO-VNI, PRé conducted an LCA on the environmental performance of seven LED sign lighting systems. This helps them understand which performance indicators are important, and communicate to their member companies how to compare and improve products.
For Holland Colours, a manufacturer of colorants and additives for the plastics industry, PRé helped communicate their life cycle assessment results to employees and other businesses in the value chain in a clear, straightforward way.
CAP’EM aims to increase awareness and use of environmentally friendly building materials. PRé developed the innovative CAP’EM Compass to share sustainability metrics with architects and other stakeholders.
For Argos, PRé completed LCAs of 13 building materials, establishing a baseline for environmental product performance. This is the basis of Argos’ Product Sustainability Program, helping them guide improvements and differentiate themselves.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition created a document to guide the apparel and footwear industry in creating consistent and reliable product category rules (PCRs). PRé conducted a third party review of the document before publication.
For PROSUITE, Pré helped develop a novel sustainability impact assessment method for technology, including social impact assessment and new sustainability metrics. This helps understand the effect of these hard-to-predict technologies.
For an US meat industry association, PRé gathered data for a social life cycle assessment. The goal was not only to quantify current social impacts, but also to see how social impacts in the meat industry changed over time.
To monitor progress on sustainability in the EU, the Joint Research Center of the EU asked PRé to help develop an innovative and robust large database describing environmental emissions and extractions in the EU between 1990 and 2010.
A manufacturer of hard disk drives requested PRé to conduct an ISO 14044 life cycle assessment of the retail packaging of its products. This helped them understand and communicate the environmental impacts of packaging and transport.
For a global footwear and apparel producer, PRé conducted a life cycle assessment on their waste disposal methods. The 138 individual life cycle models in this analysis help determine the best options and improve company approach.
For UNEP, PRé surveyed retailers in different countries and conducted a comprehensive literature review about sustainability value chain management. Knowing what value chain management strategies retailers use helps guide improvement.
The European Commission requested the development of a life cycle assessment method for resource extraction impacts. PRé was part of a task group of 16 partners, coordinated by the Radboud University Nijmegen, developing this method.
As one of the largest suppliers of the plastics methylmethacrylate (MMA) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), Lucite wanted to understand their environmental impacts. Life cycle analysis gave them this, and helped suggest improvements.
PRé offered Sustainable Brands Innovation Open winner Ecofiltro a complimentary life cycle assessment of its water filtration systems. We also compared Ecofiltro's method to other methods of water purification available in Guatemala.
For a large Dutch beverage company, PRé did an independent verification of their carbon footprint metrics system. This helped discover opportunities for improvement, and provided guidance to drive additional business value.
Dutch recycling company Wecycle wanted to understand the environmental benefits of their recycling activities. PRé measured the total environmental and climate change performance of recycling of electronics and energy efficient lighting.
For non-profit organization GEDNET, an association that fosters worldwide information exchange, PRé created a global database of product category rules. The main benefits of this are cost reduction and increased traceability of data.
Viva Healthcare asked PRé to quantify the environmental benefits of its injection moulding process compared to the industry average. To do so, we did life cycle assessments of Viva's products and of a range of competing products.
PRé reviewed supply chains for NIKA, a bottled water producer, to update its carbon footprint analyses and maintain a CarbonFree certification. This resulted in a benchmark for comparison, and successful application for the certificate.
For international cement producer Argos, PRé started on the development of a product sustainability program to help position Argos' products. This case describes Phases 1 and 2 - planning and implementing the program.
PRé conducted life cycle assessments for two popular pieces of jewelry from a major manufacturer, both metal rings. Gem Co requested this to gain additional supply chain transparency and establish baselines for product comparison.
Midwestern convenience store chain Kum & Go requested a full supply chain scan to analyse their environmental impacts. This reinforces their sustainability focus areas of Efficient, Renewable, Safe, Restorative, and Responsible.
For the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E), PRé helped develop a method to determine the hotspots in a product's life cycle. This helps determine key performance indicators.
A major food producer requested PRé to do a life cycle assessment of a popular deli meat to educate staff, establish a baseline, and gain insight. The resulting model quantifies carbon, energy and water impacts of the deli meat.
The Dutch company DSM has made a clear commitment towards sustainability. One of its most visible messages is in the corporate mission that has almost become part of the logo: “Bright science. Brighter living”
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