We have a vision: trustworthy life cycle information accessible to all
One of the most pressing issues in the LCA community is information exchange and comparability between different LCA software systems. Solving this is the key to make life cycle information easily accessible and transparent to all, meeting the growing need for reliable environmental impact data. It would also make LCA more robust and trustworthy, because actors in the value chain could exchange life cycle information and build on the work done by others. Therefore, PRé welcomed the Remodelling project, funded by the European Commission (EC), as a chance to help make this ambition a reality.
Sustainability at the core: moving from gut feeling to facts
Sustainability has become a core function of businesses and organisations. This is something we see on all levels, from the European Commission to individual companies. And that’s great! Because that means sustainability experts on all levels can keep on moving away from gut feeling and towards fact-based understanding of sustainability – the kind of understanding that allows you to take action.
The end of the PEF pilot phase and the start of a beautiful friendship
The European Commission’s Environmental Footprinting (EF) pilot phase has successfully ended. Of the 27 pilot projects, 14 have defined their product environmental footprint category rules (PEFCRs) or organisation environmental footprint sector rules (OEFSRs) for the European market and another 9 aim to do so by October. Now, the PEF method is available for use by anyone who is interested. Read on for a brief review and to see what’s next!
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.
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.
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.
PEF masterclass: Sharing the environmental footprinting initiative with a broader audience
In 2013, the European Commission started the process for development and testing the product and organisation environmental footprinting rules, known as the PEF pilot phase. Since then, a large number of organisations have been actively involved in one of the 24 pilots. Many more, however, have not been involved but are paying attention. After all, it is an initiative started by the European Commission, and it could be game-changing at an industry level. To answer questions from the market, PRé organised a masterclass to share our experience and the value of environmental footprinting.
The business benefits of including water footprinting in your environmental KPIs
A water footprint is a measure of how much water your business uses and which direct and indirect environmental impacts result from this. It can help you understand and manage your water use and even protect your company from physical, regulatory and reputation risks, adding a valuable and actionable dimension to your environmental KPIs.
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.
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.
State of the debate and outlook for the PEF initiative
At PRé, we’ve been very involved in the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprinting (PEF) and the Organisational Environmental Footprinting (OEF) initiative, as covered in our series of articles. A big part of the PEF initiative is its pilot phase, planned to last for 3 years and initially scheduled to end soon. However, the pilot phase has recently been extended. In this news article, you will read why and what the status is.
Guidance For Modelling The Use Stage In The PEF Approach
For many product groups, the use stage can contribute much to the overall environmental impact. However, underlying modelling assumptions make it difficult to pinpoint exactly how much. Standardising the modelling approaches can greatly reduce the uncertainties in the calculated use-stage impact. The Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs), developed by the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative, are assessment standards for all LCA practitioners. In this edition of the PEF series, we describe the PEF initiative’s guidance on the use stage.
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.
A Plant-based Diet Has A Lower Impact: 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: reducing impact by going without meat.
PRé collaborates with University of Zagreb | LCA of ECO-SANDWICH® Wall Panels
The University of Zagreb asked PRé to do an LCA of innovative ECO-SANDWICH® wall panels, developed for fast construction of energy-efficient buildings on a large scale. This will generate valuable insights for Croatian businesses and scientific institutes, regarding the environmental performance of the wall panels.
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.
Modelling end-of-life in the PEF approach
PRé is dedicating an article series to the PEF initiative of the European Commission, since we are involved as technical helpdesk. Today: end-of-life modelling with material or energy recovery, a hotly debated topic ever since LCA exists. The number of scientific papers discussing this topic is huge; Google scholar gives 64000 hits. The PEF approach seeks to end this discussion.
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.
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.
Phase 3 Of The Roundtable For Product Social Metrics
Back in 2013, PRé and seven frontrunner companies developed a vision to create a standardised and trusted methodology to assess the social impacts of products. Creating such a product social impact assessment methodology together would avoid the drawbacks of each company developing its own methodology. Two years later, the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics has reached its third phase.
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.
An Overview Of Water Scarcity Footprinting in SimaPro
The latest SimaPro update, version 8.0.4, adds a water impact assessment method that completes an already extensive set of water footprinting methods. This article gives a brief overview of the water footprinting methods that are available in SimaPro, notes some considerations when choosing a method, and shows SimaPro features that can help with interpretation.
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?
Updated Carbon Footprint Calculation Factors
Scientific insight is continuously improving, providing us with information that helps our impact assessment calculations be more accurate and better able to predict environmental impacts and how much our products contribute to climate change.
Why the carbon footprint is not enough
Our technical consultant, Ellen Brilhuis-Meijer, shares her view on how the carbon footprint alone does not reveal the full picture of your effect on the environment.
Webinar | Assessing Water Use and Impacts using LCA: New Methods and Data
Join PRé for an overview of the newly available water data and footprinting methods, and their inclusion in SimaPro 8.
NEW | Water Footprinting in SimaPro 8
The new version of LCA Software, SimaPro 8, includes water-use data, regionalized water flows, eight water footprint methods and spatially differentiated impact assessment.
The evolving water footprint
The science behind water footprinting has been evolving quickly, with no real consensus from the sustainability community.
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.
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