Sustainability Monitoring and Reporting

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?
97% of collected e-waste recycled for useful applications
The recovery of materials and energy from waste can lead to considerable environmental and economic benefits. In addition, the proper removal and destruction of refrigerants in cooling and freezing appliances can make a large contribution towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the Netherlands, one organisation is making a difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The New Face of Circular Economy – More Than Just Hype?
Major companies are embracing circular economy as a guiding principle. They say we need to shift from a linear system of make-use-discard to a system that closes the loop and reuses waste materials. This sounds like a good idea. But is it?
Blending Big Data and Sustainability Business Goals to Improve Your Positive Impact
Big data is heralded as the next frontier for discovery, innovation, competition, and productivity. As sustainability experts, we can learn from that to use sustainability data to (co-)create shared value with new products and business models.
Your Supply Chain | An Excellent Opportunity for Reducing Environmental Impacts
Analysing the internal operations of your company seems like a good starting point on the road to increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impacts. However, the first step to reducing impacts is identifying where these impacts occur and how extensive they are. Focusing on internal operations is helpful, but thorough analysis might show you how to more efficiently tackle the issue.
Sustainability Communication: Share the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Ellen Brilhuis-Meijer, Technical Analyst at PRé, shares her view on the importance of Transparency in Sustainability Communication. How can you share your sustainability achievements and also show your prospective customers that you have nothing to hide?
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.
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.
Revision of Ecolabel Criteria for Dishwasher and Laundry Detergents
In the coming year, the EU will revise the Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for dishwasher and laundry detergents. PRé Consultants is executing this project together with UK consulting firm Oakdene Hollins.
PRé acting as Technical Helpdesk for the Testing of Environmental Footprint Rules
PRé has been selected to act as Technical Helpdesk for the European Commission's 3-year pilot project that aims to define Environmental Footprint Rules. These rules contribute to LCA methodologies that compare similar products and organisations.
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.
How industry associations promote sustainability
VIDEO | Helping SMEs at a sector level
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
PROSUITE makes sustainability assessment of technologies possible
The PROSUITE project for the sustainability assessment of technologies culminated on October 30th. After 4 years of intensive developments, the PROSUITE consortium met in Brussels to present the outcomes of the project to a diverse group of stakeholders: EU and other policy makers, industries, researchers.
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.
Understanding the landscape for sustainability metrics
A sustainable future for your organization starts by understanding your business’s sustainability landscape. In this article Simon Evitts explains how to start with an integration roadmap and a sustainability metrics SWOT analysis.
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.
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.
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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