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LCA updates for DSM’s Eco+ Program
CASE STUDY | For companies truly investing in sustainability, doing life cycle assessment (LCA) studies is not just a one-time thing. Regular updates – done in-house or by an external expert – are very valuable.
Conversion of ACYVIA database from SimaPro to ILCD format
CASE STUDY | For ADEME, PRé converted their ACYVIA agri-food industries database from the SimaPro format into the widely known and used ILCD format. This brings the ACYVIA database to a wider audience.
Scientific publication about PEF category rules for shampoos
CASE STUDY | For trade association Cosmetics Europe (CE), PRé wrote a scientific article for publication on the development of CE’s PEFCRs for shampoo. This helped increase their audience and reach.
The European Commission’s Ecomodelling Framework Tool
CASE STUDY | Many instruments and models are used by the Directorate for Growth and Innovation of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) for policy making of energy-related products. Now, the Ecomodelling Framework Tool combines those models into a single tool.
Potential for circularity in diapers and incontinence care products
CASE STUDY | For Flemish waste management organisation OVAM, PRé researched the potential for circularity and recycling of diapers and other absorbent hygiene products (AHP), a huge part of the household waste stream.
Supporting the changing sustainability standards in Europe
CASE STUDY | Supporting the European Commission’s product environmental footprint (PEF) initiative, PRé served as technical helpdesk and trainers for the pilot phase of four and a half years, gaining valuable experience in complex alignment projects.
Critical review of a portfolio LCA approach to efficiently assess a large product portfolio
CASE STUDY | For global manufacturer Corbion, PRé reviewed a portfolio LCA approach that allows Corbion to efficiently assess every product in their large portfolio without having to start from scratch.
Comparative LCA of three materials for bike frames
CASE STUDY | For a bicycle manufacturer, PRé did a comparative LCA of three potential materials for bike frames, looking for the material with the lowest impact and understanding the hotspots for all materials.
Expert review of an assessment tool for e-waste recycling in Europe
CASE STUDY | Electronics waste, or e-waste, is growing fast. For WEEE Forum, PRé completed databases and did an expert review of their e-waste recycling assessment tool, comparing various recycling scenarios.
Online calculator of GHG emissions enables 16,000 dairy farmers to measure their carbon footprint
For Zuivel NL and FrieslandCampina, PRé and software company VAA created a climate add-on to the mandatory KringloopWijzer indicator, allowing over 16,000 dairy farmers to independently calculate their GHG emissions.
Comparing PEF and EPD for construction products
CASE STUDY | A large construction trade association was interested in comparing PEF and EPD to improve its reporting. Therefore, PRé did PEF studies on two equivalent products and compared the results to EPDs based on the EN 15804 standard.
Calculating the biodiversity footprint for the banking sector
For ASN Bank, PRé and CREM developed a methodology to calculate the biodiversity footprint of the bank's investments from simple spend data, bringing the complexity of biodiversity down to manageable level.
Tool to determine supply chain biodiversity impact
For Platform BEE, PRé, Arcadis and CODE developed BioScope, a tool to easily determine the impact of a company’s supply chain on biodiversity, visualised on a world map. The data can be gathered and entered by non-experts, a great advantage.
Uncovering toxicity impacts to improve regional banana production
For AgroFair, a large banana importer looking to differentiate its products, PRé developed the easy-to-use Pesticide Footprint tool to quantify the toxic impacts of pesticides on human health and freshwater ecosystems.
Unlocking the value of food waste streams
With the goal of maximising value of food waste streams, PRé and the Wageningen University assessed the environmental impacts of three different production methods of dietary fibres and beta-carotene. Would the assessment uncover the business case for using residual carrots from vegetable food waste streams?
Bringing Product Environmental Footprint to the next level: review of supporting studies
CASE STUDY | Part of the European Commission’s Environmental Footprinting initiative is testing its new rules with real products. PRé and Ecomatters reviewed 40 studies, uncovering useful information that will be used to refine the rules.
Harmonised LCA approach for the labelling sector
For FINAT and TLMI, two large industry associations in the self-adhesive label industry, PRé developed a harmonised approach to LCA that can be used by the FINAT and TLMI members to create a common understanding of LCA and the hotspots within the label supply chain.
Developing a range of tools for sustainable product development in the apparel industry
CASE | For the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a global alliance of apparel, footwear and home textile companies, PRé developed three tools for sustainable product development. The tools focus on material sustainability, ecodesign and data gathering.
Making it easier to comply with EPD standards
For BRE, an independent certification organisation, PRé developed BRE LINA, an online tool for life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental product declarations (EPD) in the construction sector. With BRE LINA, construction companies can meet requests for EPDs more easily.
5 Roads to Circular Economy Part II: Product as a Service
In a circular economy, the intention is to produce no waste or pollution. Instead, products, parts and materials are used, cared for, repaired, reused and recycled as much as possible. This requires new and innovative approaches to business, and assessment methods such as LCA to measure the effect. In our circular economy miniseries, we’ll address five ways to apply the circular economy and lca in your business. Today: product as a service.
Jump-starting Your Circular Economy Program
Changing from decades of linear thinking into circular is hard ... where to begin and how to follow through? Fortunately some bright ideas to close loops just emerge from existing know-how.
LCA of ECO-SANDWICH® Wall Panels for the University of Zagreb
For a group of Croatian businesses and scientific institutes, PRé did an LCA to determine the environmental performance of innovative ECO-SANDWICH® wall panels, developed for fast construction of energy-efficient buildings on a large scale.
Bloomberg customer hardware LCA
CASE STUDY | For a large financial news and media company, PRé did cradle-to-grave LCA studies of their latest customer hardware models. Comparing these results with studies done in 2010 and 2011 showed that the new models had lower impacts.
Announcement: PRé Launches New Web-Based Software At LCM 2015
PRé hosted a side room event at the Life Cycle Management 2015 conference in Bordeaux to launch its latest software offering, SimaPro Share & Collect.
Understanding the impacts of candy production
For a global confections company, PRé built models of the packaging and production of various types of candy, and projected the models forward to predict future impacts. This helps the company improve their future sustainability, starting now.
Update Instructions (from 8.0.4 to 8.0.5)
This document describes how to update your current SimaPro from version 8.0.4 to 8.0.5
Installation Manual | SimaPro 8.0.5
For instructions on how to install SimaPro 8.0.5, please download the manual.
Developing a sustainability metrics integration plan for a fibreglass company
CASE STUDY | For a leading fibreglass company, PRé developed a sustainability metrics integration plan. This allows the company to build the sustainability capacity it needs to answer customer queries and create more sustainable products.
State of the art of LCA in business
At PRé we’re committed to empower LCA and sustainability practitioners to increase their impact, because we believe Life Cycle Thinking can make sustainability decisions more fact-based.
Establishing an industry baseline for synthetic rubber
CASE STUDY | 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.
Recorded Webinar | Introduction to ecoinvent version 3
This the recording of ecoinvent's webinar about the latest version of the database, ecoinvent version 3.1.
SimaPro 8 | What’s new in 8.0.4?
SimaPro version 8.0.4 has just been released. It includes the new ecoinvent database, v3.1, which now contains more processes and has some important bug fixes. In addition, SimaPro now contains a new water footprint method. This is a summary of the most important updates. For a complete overview, please download the manual.
Update Instructions (from 7 or 8 to 8.0.4)
This document describes how to update your current SimaPro from version 7 or 8 to 8.0.4
Installation Manual | SimaPro 8.0.4
For instructions on how to install SimaPro, please download the manual.
How Product Social Footprinting Meets Customer Expectations and Improves Communications
Sustainable Brands '14 London - PRé, DSM, Philips and Marks & Spencer, all members of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, discussed how social footprinting aligns with branding and communications at the SB'14 London.
The next steppingstone to assess product sustainability
Sustainable Brands New Metrics 2014 - João Fontes (PRé) and Charles Duclaux (L'Oréal) presented the method of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics for quantifying social footprints on a product level. Here you can download the presentation slides.
Update of the ILCD 2011 Midpoint method version 1.04 in SimaPro
We are happy to announce that an updated version of the ILCD 2011 Midpoint method is now available in SimaPro
Now Available: Novel Product Social Impact Assessment Method
Today marks the release of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a leading-edge methodology that allows businesses to measure the social footprint of their products. The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics is making this methodology available for free, putting this high-impact tool in the hands of businesses who want to improve sustainable product development and social sustainability throughout their product’s life cycle and supply chain.
Agri-footprint Database | Methodology and basic principles
Agri-footprint 2.0 is available as a library within SimaPro. The main objective of Agri-footprint is to bring data and methodology together to make it easily available for the LCA community.
Agri-footprint Database | Description of data
This manual describes the data included in the Agri-Footprint database
SimaPro 8 | Introduction to LCA
The Introduction to LCA Manual explains the basic theory of LCA. Download the free manual.
SimaPro 8 | SimaPro Tutorial Manual
In this tutorial we aim to guide you through your first experience with SimaPro by taking you through a series of simplified examples. Download the free tutorial and get started today.
Environmental aspects of a satellite mission
CASE STUDY | 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.
SimaPro 8 | What’s new in 8.0.3?
New feature in SimaPro, new and updated LCI data and update of the method library.
Update Instructions (from 8.0.2 to 8.0.3)
This document describes how to update your current SimaPro from version 8.0.2 to 8.0.3
Installation Manual | SimaPro 8.0.3
For instructions on how to install SimaPro, please download the manual.
Agricultural LCA Database Agri-footprint Now Available in SimaPro
PRESS RELEASE | PRé Consultants and Blonk Consultants are proud to announce the exclusive release of the agricultural life cycle assessment (LCA) database Agri-footprint in SimaPro, the world’s leading LCA software.
Whitepaper On The SimaPro 8 Calculation Engine
To keep up with the increasing size and complexity of LCA databases, we have overhauled the SimaPro calculation engine. Download the whitepaper to read about the new engine and compare the new and old engines.
Environmental footprint of upcycled grocery tote bag
CASE STUDY | 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.
Installation Manual | SimaPro 8.0.2
For instructions on how to install SimaPro, please download the manual.
Monitoring the impact of LED sign lighting systems
CASE STUDY | 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 their products.
Communicating LCA results in the colourants industry
CASE STUDY | 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.
Developing the CAP’EM Compass of building materials
CASE STUDY | 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.
Environmental product performance of building materials
CASE STUDY | 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.
Advanced Sustainability Profiles Help Promote Sustainabile Cleaning
The cleaning industry is enormous, and there are thousands of cleaning products to choose from. PRé and A.I.S.E. developed sustainability profiles that help households and cleaning companies choose the most sustainable cleaning agents.
Social Assessment of Technologies | The Approach in PROSUITE
This presentation on the approach in PROSUITE was used during the LCM Conference 2013, by our Sustainability Consultant João Fontes.
LCM Conference 2013 | Roundtable for Product Social Metrics
This presentation was used during the LCM Conference 2013, by our Sustainability Consultant João Fontes. It consists of the added value and key challenges of the project, the results of rountable phase 1 and the explanation of steps 2 and 3.
Water Use Modelling With ecoinvent v3 Opens New Possibilities
A presentation by ecoinvent about increased focus on water use impacts, new LCIA methodologies and data on water withdrawel.
Guiding document on creating product category rules
CASE STUDY | 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.
Standards and Guidelines
A centralized overview of standards can help companies to better understand the developments of global and regional reporting standards and guidelines, which are applicable to their company or products. read the whitepaper on Standards and Guidelines
A method for assessing the impact of novel technology
CASE STUDY | 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.
What’s new in SimaPro 8?
PRé is proud to present the new release of the world’s leading LCA software, SimaPro 8, with an updated database ecoinvent 3 and the introduction of regionalized water footprint methods.
Measuring social sustainability in the meat industry
CASE STUDY | 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.
Introducing SimaPro 8 | Improved Sustainability Metrics
Mark Goedkoop, founder of PRé Consultants and SimaPro, proudly introduces to you the new release of LCA Software, SimaPro 8.
PRé Introduces SimaPro 8, for Improved Sustainability Metrics Integration
November 4, 2013 – Amsterdam - PRé is pleased to announce the release of SimaPro 8, the latest version of our cutting-edge life cycle assessment software. This new iteration includes the ecoinvent 3 database, the dataset widely used to empower decision-making with sustainability metrics. This collaboration allows users to access new modeling approaches, market processes, and datasets. New to SimaPro are the water footprinting methods and a completely new calculation engine to accommodate the significantly larger database ecoinvent 3.
Corporate Brochure | Putting the Metrics Behind Sustainability
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LCA Software for measuring sustainability impact
SimaPro Report Maker Brochure
Save time updating your LCA results and deliver accurate reports effortlessly
Installation Manual | SimaPro 7.3.3
For instructions on how to install SimaPro, please download the manual. You can always download the latest installation file in the support corner.
Software Update Instructions (from 7.0.0 to 7.3.3)
This document describes how to update SimaPro version 7 to 7.3.3.
Ecoinvent Methodology Report 2013
The Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories (the ecoinvent Centre) has the mission to promote the use and good practice of life cycle inventory analysis through supplying life cycle inventory (LCI) data to support assessment of the environmental and socio-economic impact of decisions. This report describes the general structure of the ecoinvent database.
ReCiPe Report
Recipe is a life cycle impact assessment method which comprises harmonised category indicators at the midpoint and the endpoint level
Usetox User Manual
This user manual provides basic information needed to understand and apply the USEtoxTM model, i.e. to calculate midpoint characterisation factors for human toxicity and freshwater ecotoxicity.
Swiss Input Output library
What are the environmental impacts of Swiss consumption and production patterns? Developing and applying a methodology for answering this question is the main topic of this report.
EU and DK Input Output library
This database manual contains 4 reports generated for the ForWast project, which was focusing on the overall mapping of physical flows and stocks of resources to forecast waste quantities in Europe and identify life‐cycle environmental stakes of waste prevention and recycling. It was executed as a 6th Framework Programme project.
SimaPro 8 | Programming Wizards
Since 1998, PRé has developed an alternative way of presenting the LCA results using wizards. Wizards present themselves as a series of questions to the user. Wizards are usually focused on a specific product. In practice this means Wizards are used for groups of users that have to deal with a similar topic or problem.
SimaPro 8 | Programming the COM Interface
SimaPro is a versatile LCA tool, but in some occasions you need more than a stand-alone tool. For example, if you want to analyze a lot of data automatically you may want to integrate SimaPro and your business software. In the SimaPro Developer version a COM-interface is available. This allows the user to control SimaPro from applications such as Excel, .NET applications, Delphi, PHP
An inventory of environmental emissions in the EU
CASE STUDY | To monitor progress on sustainability in the EU, the Joint Research Centre 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.
Life cycle assessment of hard disk retail packaging
CASE STUDY | 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.
Environmental impacts of waste disposal options
CASE STUDY | 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.
Mapping the sustainability activities of retailers
CASE STUDY | 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.
Developing an LCA method for resource extraction
CASE STUDY | 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.
Understanding environmental impacts of plastics
CASE STUDY | 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.
A brief on the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint Guide
The European Commission released the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Guide in April, 2013, along with the Organizational Environmental Footprint (OEF) Guide, under the premise of the “Single Market for Green Products Initiative.” The objective is to support a single metric for a single market, thus enhancing transparency and fair competition.
Environmental footprint of water purification
CASE STUDY | 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.
Verification of carbon footprint metrics system for a beverage company
CASE STUDY | 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.
Monitoring recycling of electrical equipment
CASE STUDY | 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.
Organizing a global PCR database for GEDnet
CASE STUDY | 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.
Quantifying environmental benefits of a process
CASE STUDY | 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.
TRACI 2.1 user manual now available!
The User manual is now available
Carbon footprint analysis of bottled water
CASE STUDY | 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.
Update Instructions for Database (up to version 7.3.3)
This document describes how to update your database from older Simapro versions to 7.3.3.
Developing a product sustainability program
CASE STUDY | 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.
Life cycle assessment for a jewelry manufacturer
CASE STUDY | PRé conducted life cycle assessments for two popular pieces of jewelry from a major manufacturer, both metal rings. The client requested this to gain additional supply chain transparency and establish baselines for product comparison.
Product Category Rules | Learned Outcomes Toward Global Alignment
Lack of global harmonization between Product Category Rules (PCRs), or sector guidance documents, has led to the development of duplicate PCRs for the same products. A comparison template was developed to compare PCRs from different global program operators, in collaboration with the School of Sustainability, DEFRA, Interface, and EPA. Below is a summary of the project:
Supply chain scan to expand a sustainability program
CASE STUDY | 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.
Developing advanced sustainability profiles
CASE STUDY | 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.
Life cycle assessment of a popular deli meat
CASE STUDY | 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.
LCA Standards and Guidelines | A Recent Overview
Numerous standards and guidelines have recently been developed by public and private organizations in order to meet society’s needs for credible and comparable environmental metrics at the product and organization level.
Developing methodology for a social impacts program
The Dutch company DSM developed the twin program "People+" with the focus on social impacts, which PRé supported with consultancy.
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