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Life Cycle Management

Protecting the value of financial investments with sustainability assessments
Now even the Dutch central bank clearly reports* that climate change, water stress, raw material scarcity, biodiversity loss and human rights controversies present risks to the financial sector, institutional investors worldwide are looking for ways to safeguard the value of their investments through sustainability analyses. But how can you do that?
Interview | Plastic soup: a dish better not served at all
90.5% of plastic waste has never been recycled, as the Royal Statistical Society announced in January 2019. Some is incinerated, but 79% accumulates in landfills or in the environment. Plastic in the ocean – plastic soup – causes damage to animals, ecosystems, and possibly also to humans. With the production of plastics still growing, this problem will become even bigger. PRé’s Daniël Kan interviewed Peter Kershaw, an independent research scientist specialised in marine plastic pollution.
Life cycle seeds taking root in Chilean energy policies
Life cycle thinking is becoming more well-known everywhere on the planet, but not everywhere at the same rates. Chilean sustainability firm Regenerativa, one of the official partners in the SimaPro Global Partner Network, has taken the time to explain how life cycle analysis (LCA) is gaining ground in Chile, where government involvement and encouragement is setting the stage for more growth.
The 2018 Handbook for Product Social Metrics is available now!
Product social metrics, also known as social life cycle assessment (social LCA), is the next frontier in life cycle thinking. For products and services to be truly sustainable, it is important that companies minimise both their negative impacts on the environment and on people. The Roundtable of Product Social Metrics, providing guidance for companies wanting to measure their social impacts, is proud to announce the 2018 edition of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment.
How can we scale up LCA studies without compromising on quality?
LCA is becoming more popular, with more and more initiatives turning to fact-based approaches to sustainability. This is great! But is there enough LCA expertise in the world to serve these initiatives and ensure the quality of these numerous LCA requests?
Boosting collaboration for supply chain LCA
As a manufacturer, you want to know what your suppliers are doing, and how, so you can fully understand the environmental impacts of your products. But for your suppliers, sharing this information can be very detrimental to their negotiating position. How do you cross that gap in perspective, so you can do reliable, robust supply chain LCA?
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.
LCA and SimaPro training plans for 2018
For LCA and sustainability practitioners it's important to be up-to-date. If you are thinking about upgrading or updating your LCA knowledge, then Laura Golsteijn would like to draw your attention to one of our trainings. Laura is back from her maternity leave, energetic as always, she starts the year with an invitation to check what's new and updated in our LCA trainings of 2018
Recycling e-waste in the Netherlands: New publication on circular economy of e-waste
There is a wide range of strategies for creating a circular economy. Recycling may not be at the top of the list, but it has its part to play. And within recycling, it is important to understand what the recycling of electronic waste, or e-waste, involves, and what benefits it can bring. This short article presents a brief outline, but it also links to a longer research article that fleshes out the picture.
LCM 2017 outcomes – life cycle management is the mindset to embrace circular economy
With speakers ranging from pioneering innovators, to business representatives, to LCA experts, LCM 2017 really succeeded in bringing two worlds together. Many of the sessions of this year had a strong focus on the implementation and assessment of circular economy trough Life Cycle Management, at different levels: From science to innovation. In this piece, Laura Golsteijn talks about innovation and what that has to do with Life Cycle Management to embrace Circular Economy.
Connecting LCA experts and business people at the LCM conference
I always enjoy conferences as a way to see how LCA and sustainability works ‘on the shop floor’ – to see how businesses and LCA experts alike grapple with making sustainability happen. This September, PRé and some of our clients will be speaking at the Life Cycle Management (LCM) conference, where we hope to see as many of you as possible. In this article, I’d like to introduce the focus area I’ve been working with: connecting business users and LCA experts.
PRé is the platinum sponsor of the Life Cycle Management 2017 conference in Luxembourg
The 8th edition of the international Life Cycle Management conference, recognised as one of the most important conferences in the field of sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment, is going to be held this year in Luxembourg. LCM 2017 will take place from 3 to 6 september at the European Congress Center, hosting decision-makers from science, industry, NGOs and public bodies worldwide. PRé Sustainability is proud to be present as Platinum Sponsor.
PRé and BRE develop LINA 2.0 - Tool for compliant EPD with EN15804
LINA is a tool that enables companies and trade associations to assess their products in line with EN 15804, the European Standard for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for construction products. LINA 2.0 is an enhanced version that makes it even easier to comply with standards for the construction sector.
Mitigating climate change towards disaster risk reduction
Climate change is often linked with long-term effects, such as: polar caps melting, disasters and rising sea level. This week, the Global platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is being hosted in Mexico, where countries will look at the progress made within the Sendai framework agreements. But how can the SDG agreements complement and help prevent disasters? We looked at SDG 13: Climate action, and how sustainability practitioners can help companies take action against climate change; using LCA metrics and indicators.
Why circular economy business models need LCA
The circular economy (CE) is an inspirational strategy for creating value for the economy, society and business while minimising resource use and environmental impacts trough reducing, re-using and recycling. In contrast, life cycle assessment (LCA) is a robust and science-based tool to measure the environmental impacts of products, services and business models. Combine both the robustness of the LCA methodology and the inspirational principles of CE and you have a holistic approach for innovation.
Agrofair bananas towards integral sustainable label with pesticide footprint tool
AgroFair started in 1996 with the import and distribution of Oké bananas from Latin America to supermarkets in Europe. AgroFair was interested in finding out whether pesticide-related toxic impacts could be quantified and made visible to retailers and consumers, and ultimately used for differentiation and to create a competitive advantage. There are large differences between farms in the amount of pesticides used, the geography and the climate and soil conditions. To find out whether toxic impacts can be a differentiating factor, AgroFair consulted PRé to develop a user-friendly tool that quantifies the toxic impact of pesticides on humans and freshwater ecosystems.
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.
Bringing two worlds together: sustainability strategy and LCA
More and more, we see companies struggle with the divide between corporate, high-level sustainability strategy and detailed bottom-up analyses on a product level. For financial purposes, those worlds have come together a long time ago. For environmental performance and social metrics, strategy and life cycle assessment (LCA) have not found each other … yet.
BioScope: visual representation of biodiversity impact in your supply chain
What is good enough in LCA? What is too much? Something is needed for visual representation of ‘flat’ models, like a list of investments, for example. That was the reason to develop BioScope, driven by Platform BEE (Dutch Platform for Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy). BioScope, a free access web tool, which provides a simple user interface where companies can enter data that are simple and easy to gather.
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.
Sustainability in 2017- Are We at a Tipping Point to Become Mainstream?
As we are nearing the end of the year, we’d like to reflect on how sustainability initiatives have progressed in 2016. What is the state of the art in sustainability for business? And what can we look forward to in sustainability in 2017?
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.
PRé and SAC develop tailored tools for sustainable product development
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.
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.
Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators and Methods - On Track
One of the downsides of LCA is that LCA results are difficult to interpret for those sustainability practitioners who aren’t specialised in LCA, but do rely on it on the battlefield. That’s why the LCA community has been striving so hard to find consensus and decide on standardisation, aiming to make LCA more efficient and easier to interpret. An important initiative is the Flagship 1b project of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, which aims to build global consensus and guidance. This article shows the exciting progress so far.
3D printing guarantees efficiency. Myth or not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode of Sustainability Mythbusters: Is 3D printing the efficiency miracle solution everyone says it is?
Measuring The Environmental Footprint Of Organisations In The PEF Initiative
In 2013, the European Commission started testing the environmental footprint rules in what is known as the environmental footprint (PEF) pilot phase. However, this pilot phase contains more than just PEF. Although the focus is predominantly on the product level (24 out of 26 pilots), this 3-year initiative also aims to test the development of environmental footprint rules for organisations. In this article, I will briefly describe the organisational environmental footprint (OEF) in the European Commission’s initiative.
Carbon Modelling In The PEF Initiative
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach aims to standardise and simplify LCA practice while maintaining its high quality. To enable all LCA practitioners to use the same approach, Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) are being developed. In this edition of the PEF series, we describe the state of the art of carbon modelling.
Electric Cars Guarantee Green Mobility: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode we discuss electric vehicles. Are they really the best option?
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.
Impact assessment in the PEF initiative
One of the goals of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Initiative is to offer a standard for impact assessment, so it is easier and more meaningful to compare products. This is the story of how the initiative chose its recommended set of methods from among the huge number of available options.
Growing Biofuels Causes Food Shortages: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode we discuss the concerns about the recent rapid increase in global biomass production.
5 Roads To A Circular Economy - Part V: Circular Supplies
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 business models. In our circular economy miniseries, we’ll address five ways to apply the circular economy in your business and how LCA can contribute. Today: circular supplies.
5 Roads To A Circular Economy - Part IV: Sharing
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 in your business. Today: sharing in the circular economy.
5 Roads To A Circular Economy - Part III: Reusing Waste
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 in your business. Today: reusing waste.
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.
5 Roads to Circular Economy - Part I: Product Life Extension
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 business models. In our circular economy miniseries, we’ll address five ways to apply the circular economy and lca in your business. Today: product life extension.
Why the Succes of Circular Economy is Owned by Chemicals
Chemical substances are everywhere around us and essential components of our human bodies. Yet, in order to protect biodiversity as well as human health, it is important that we use them in a safe manner. And that might have a circular form…
Reaching Your Ecodesign Goals Through Collaboration
Trying to influence product design as an LCA expert is a well-known challenge. Assessing sustainability at the early design stages is very difficult: the design is still evolving and you don’t have all data yet. Assessing it at the end is much easier, but then your role is limited to ‘environmental book-keeping’ – it is too late to extensively change the design. So, what can you do?
Using LCA To Support The Circular Economy
Here at PRé, we’ve had an ongoing discussion about implementing a circular economy approach to product sustainability. We’ve explored the benefits and challenges of blending LCA and circular economy, and we’ve looked broadly at how the two can be complementary.
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.
Interpretation of metrics: DALYs and damage to human health
One reason why we care about the environmental impact of our choices is that they affect human health. But how do you quantify that? The most commonly used metric is Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY), taking into account the years lost to premature death and expressing the reduced quality of life due to illness in years as well. How can you use this in life cycle assessment and what are the points of contention you should be aware of?
Hotspot analysis in the PEF approach
Although LCA is ideal for identifying all the hotspots within a product’s life cycle or an organization’s value chain, it did not provide clear guidance on how to select the most relevant ones. Now, from the PEF pilots, the European Commission has established guidelines to select the most relevant hotspots and determine which data should be collected.
Zero Waste Is Possible: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode: the zero-waste movement.
2020 – the year of the perfectly sustainable world?
Every major company has set ambitious sustainability targets for the year 2020. But will they actually reach them, or are these goals just too abstract and overwhelming for companies to actually take action?
Sourcing Locally Is Better: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode: local sourcing.
Manufacturing Products With ‘Zero Emissions’: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode: the drive towards zero emissions.
Celebrating 25 years of sustainability metrics: Why sharing and collecting is the way forward
In 2015, PRé launched SimaPro Share & Collect, an online tool developed to create more engagement with LCA results in the company’s decision-making processes, and to make it easier to collect relevant data for LCAs. Share & Collect is one important result of 25 years of thought leadership in sustainability. PRé founder and CEO Mark Goedkoop discusses why this is so important.
Complementing The Circular Economy With LCA
The circular economy has gotten a level of attention that we shouldn’t waste. It has rapidly been positioned as an important vision that mobilises business strategies and governmental plans, clarifies the big picture and shows the connections, flows and feedbacks between systems.
An LCA based framework to validate sustainable business models
Existing LCA methodologies can provide a robust framework for new business models that account profit beyond monetary value.
Focus on Minimising Transportation Is Good: Myth or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode: transportation.
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.
Bio-based Products Are Always Better Than Fossil Fuel-based Products: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode: bio-based products.
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.
How To Make Accessible Life Cycle Hotspot Analysis
Life cycle hotspot analysis can help confirm your intuition or lead you to new insights towards determining a robust sustainability strategy. This article gives a view on how to make detailed and complex hotspot analysis in life cycle assessment (LCA) clear to everyone involved.
The Impact Of A Skateboard: Oath UK
Small companies and start-ups usually do not have the funds to invest in sustainability metrics. This is a shame, since especially start-ups have a big potential to change the status quo. Early insight into the environmental impact of their products can make a big difference. Therefore, PRé has started offering free sustainability assessments to selected sustainable start-ups.
Recycling Is Always Good: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode: recycling.
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.
Packaging Is The Bad Guy: Myth Or Not?
As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this monthly series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or true. In today’s episode: the impact of packaging.
What Can You Do To Start Working With Your Suppliers?
I am captivated with the momentum that sustainable supply chain initiatives have built up. There is a lot going on in initiatives such as the Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH, and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.
Stop Showing The Money, Start Sharing The Values
There are so many initiatives to measure natural, social and sustainable capital that you would almost trip over them. At a recent sustainability congress, a researcher stated that they had identified over 60 methods for measuring sustainability. And that’s probably not even all. There seem to be over 130 initiatives worldwide.
The State Of LCA In Business
To accelerate the adoption rate of fact-based LCA, we conducted a study to find out which are the struggles and drivers that are moving LCA practitioners in the business arena. This infographic is based on the most relevant outcomes from our study 'The State of LCA in Business in 2014'.
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.
Life Cycle Assessment And Cradle To Cradle: Friends Or Foes?
There are many different sustainability tools, ranging from simple to complex and covering the various aspects of sustainability: environmental, social and economic sustainability. The popularity of these tools waxes and wanes.
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.
What’s more important than Life Cycle Innovation?
Recently we saw the announcement of a new membership organisation which promises us the be “the voice of the LCA community”. It will be focusing on growing the market for LC based approaches, through advocacy, market expansion and what is called “advancing application”. LCA definitely needs to keep innovating and rethinking, so we agree on that. But, are the priorities set by this initiative right?
Announcing The Product Social Footprinting Programme
During my past five years at PRé, I’ve observed how companies approach different issues. I’m very interested in social impact assessment, and I experienced that companies have wildly different approaches for assessing the social impacts of their products and services, and for managing product social sustainability.
How A Life Cycle Driven Business Model Can Accelerate Sustainable Value Creation
Peter Bakker from the WBCSD declared that corporate social responsibility is dead and urged us to create new definitions of success. The change to a more holistic approach is already happening. However, shouldn’t we place the shared value that we create at the heart of what we do?
Introducing New LCA Empowerment Training
For LCA and sustainability practitioners it's very important to contribute with extensive expert knowledge to the sustainability decisions of a company. That is only possible by working in close collaboration with other departments. However, this often takes a lot of struggle. In this piece, Soledad Contreras explains a practical approach to help solve that challenge, and introduces the new LCA Empowerment course.
Why “It Depends…” Is Often The Right Answer
Environmental footprint assessment is a highly detailed technical tool for evaluating the environmental performance of products or organisations. This level of technical detail, however, often makes it difficult for sustainability professionals to give decisive answers to decision makers.
Coming soon: Sustainability Mythbusters
The relevance and popularity of sustainability has increased tremendously over the last decade. Where sustainability was initially a topic for a small group of change makers, now it’s firmly in the mainstream. Unfortunately, that also means a large number of myths have sprung up around it.
How To Make Your LCA Results Relevant For Other Departments
LCA studies often end up unused at the bottom of a pile. This is a waste of valuable information that could benefit all departments, from marketing to R&D. The challenge of the LCA practitioner is to make other departments understand the value of LCA studies for their work.
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.
Three Tips For Sharing Your LCA Results With Non-experts
LCA results can be difficult to understand for people not used to working with it. Yet your results can only be truly useful if the rest of your company understands their importance and impact. This article provides a few tips on how to best share your LCA results with non-experts.
Why My LCA Scores Radically Changed After The ecoinvent Update
With each upgrade of an LCI database, LCA practitioners need to be aware that their results might change. PRé’s LCA expert Tommie Ponsioen researches the extent of the changes caused by updating from ecoinvent 2.2 to 3.1.
Measuring sustainability. Part III: how a sustainability index can optimize decision-making
In the first two parts of this series, we explored the motivations behind creating a sustainability index, and the steps to take when creating an index. 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.
Measuring sustainability. Part II: constructing a sustainability index
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 Has Some Storytelling To Do
Life cycle thinking is and always has been a powerful tool to gain insight into the impact your products have on the environment. It’s perhaps the most comprehensive and robust methodology we have available. However, its use seems to stay limited.
Sustainability Metrics Assessments Helping Mission-Driven Startups Measure Their Impacts
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.
Creating Shared Value Requires Shared Valuation
The key question for every business model is whether the initiative is viable and sustainable over time. We measure that 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? Is it at all possible to develop a sustainable business when not all implicit values ​​are valued? The answer, of course, is no, but … how can we do it differently?
Why Food And Beverage LCAs Are Difficult To Do
Compared to several other sectors, such as the packaging, household and personal care, transport and building sectors, food and beverage LCA are only just catching up. What is it about the food and beverage sector that makes it so difficult to do good LCAs?
Measuring sustainability. Part I: the basics of a sustainability index
This is the first article in a series that will explore in more detail the ins and outs of creating a sound, useful, and robust sustainability index for your organisation.
Bad Labor Footprint | Social Impacts in the Supply Chain
As many products are being exported to other countries, and as the products that we consume are often produced elsewhere, the question arises: “How does consumption relate to bad labor conditions around the globe?”. 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.
DSM and L’Oréal | Aiming to Help Companies Measure the Social Impacts of Products
Consumers are used to seeing eco labels about environmental impact but there is still a scarcity of tools and metrics to estimate the social impact. The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics is formed by 12 frontrunner companies that united efforts and developed a methodology to measure the social impacts of products. Jacobine Das Gupta from DSM and Charles Duclaux from L'Oréal, both members of the Roundtable, shared their vision in an article published by The Guardian Sustainable Business, last October 28th.
Social Sustainability – Integrating Measurements Of The Intangible
Your company is developing systems for gathering and using environmental data. Your insight into your products’ environmental footprints and impacts is growing. Where to look next? This article discusses getting started with product social footprinting.
One Year of Environmental Footprinting Pilots (And What Cows Have To Do With This)
One year ago, the European Commission launched the pilot phase for the Environmental Footprint methodology. Many things have happened in this first year since the start of the pilots, and in this article we’d like to give you an update.
Weighting: Applying a Value Judgement to LCA Results
This is the third in a series of articles where PRé’s own consultants explain a step in the LCIA process. Ellen Brilhuis-Meijer is an experienced technical consultant at PRé. She helps companies understand their effect on the environment and make better decisions. This article explains weighting, the fourth step in LCIA, and the controversies in the field.
How Understanding Your Products’ Social Footprints Helps Your Business Create Value
Many global standards and guidance documents exist that allow companies to investigate impacts at an organisational level. Although these initiatives have many benefits, they provide limited guidance for companies to assess the social impacts of products in a more comprehensive and harmonised way.
Business Decision Making | Materiality Assessment vs. Hotspot Analysis
Implementing a sustainability programme or choosing a new, sustainable business model can be somewhat of a conundrum. Without data, it’s impossible to choose. But if you do a sustainability assessment, you get so much data that you still can’t choose. Materiality assessments and hotspot analyses can help you move forward.
Announcement of Second-wave EF Pilots
The European Commission launched the development of environmental footprint (EF) rules for products and organizations in various industries. This new approach aims to harmonise the assessment of environmental impacts within a product group or sector. The first pilot phase started in November 2013, and the second wave started in June 2014.
How To Make Sustainability Data Work For You | Article Featured by Sustainable Brands
In the business world we are inundated with data on a daily basis, certainly in the sustainability arena. We all recognize there is big data embedded within our business systems, but the real question is, how do we turn all this data into information that feeds into intelligent decision-making?
Normalisation: New Developments in Normalisation Sets
This is the second in a series of articles where PRé's own consultants explain a step in the LCIA process and the way their own expertise fits into that step. Tommie Ponsioen is a technical consultant at PRé, with expertise in LCA methodology and database development. This article explains normalisation, the third step in LCIA, and describes new developments in the field.
Quantifying Sustainability II – Natural Capital and Monetisation
Part I of this article series explained why companies might want to monetise sustainability, expressing impacts in monetary value to make them more tangible. This part shows the steps required to do monetisation, and discusses the drawbacks and advantages.
Life Cycle Driven Business Models To Increase Sustainable Impact
Many companies have embarked on the road to sustainability and are looking to adopt sustainable business models. That’s great news. However, there's a big risk in following the latest trends without making sure that that’s the right choice for your business.
Combination of LCA databases solves challenges for measuring environmental impacts satellite mission
The European Space Agency (ESA) is an organisation gathering knowledge about the earth, its immediate space environment, our solar system, and the universe. It also develops satellite-based technologies and services and promotes European industries.
Quantifying Sustainability - Supply Chain Sustainability and Minimising Risk
This is part I in a two-part series on quantifying sustainability. Part I outlines how quantifying supply chain sustainability is a powerful way to manage business risks. Part II will give an overview of the tools available.
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.
SupplyShift and PRé Announce Partnership
PRESS RELEASE | PRé and SupplyShift are pleased to announce an innovative partnership to bring the strengths of supply chain sustainability and life cycle analysis to users.
New, Sustainable Business Models and Their Impacts
Sustainability is not just important on the product level, but needs to be supported by a sustainable business model. Eric Mieras, Managing Director at PRé, dives into what that means.
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