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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.
Why circular economy business models need LCA (part 1)
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. In this part of the 2-fold blog: why would you combine LCA and CE?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
LCA Database ecoinvent v3 is here | More models, more datasets, more consistency
Gregor Wernet, ecoinvent's Executive Manager, about the release of the new version of world's most used LCA database, ecoinvent v3.
Life cycle assessment example of hand dryer options
Marisa Vieira, technical Consultant at PRé explains how to perfoms a life cycle assessment with SimaPro.
How industry associations promote sustainability
VIDEO | Helping SMEs at a sector level
SimaPro at the heart of sustainability metrics
This video is a short introduction to SimaPro and provides explanations from LCA consultants and the founder of PRé Consultants on how the software is used to assist in understanding and reducing environmental impacts.
How to Innovate for Sustainability in Product and Business Model Alike
The Sustainable Brands London conference will serve as the center of gravity for companies that are committed to leveraging sustainable innovation as a driver of business and brand value. Learn how companies like yours are measuring and managing Social Sustainability by partnering with PRe, the company at the forefront of sustainability metrics for more than twenty years
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.
Prosuite | Sustainability Assessment for Technology
The Prosuite consortium developed a methodology for sustainability assessment of new technologies following a life cycle assessment based approach. In December 2013, the PROSUITE handbook will be will published on the Pré website.
Interview | Ecoinvent’s global influence
Recently, SimaPro 8 was released, equipped with an updated ecoinvent v3 database. The ecoinvent v3 database offers the users amongst other the choice between different system models. An interview with ecoinvent's Chief Scientist Bo Weidema.
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.
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.
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.
Social Hotspots Database now available for SimaPro LCA software
The Social Hotspots Database system license is now available in the SimaPro LCA software. This database is the first comprehensive database for performing Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA).
Quantifying product life cycle impacts for the apparel industry
With qualitative sustainability indicators already established, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition wanted to work to quantify product life cycle impacts in a standardized way. To assist with this effort, the non-profit group developed a PCR Guidance document, and PRé helped with the review process.
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.
How to Select Relevant Indicators for Decision Making in Sustainability
Though many companies are increasingly assessing the impacts of their products, the focus is often only on climate change. Yet, decisions made solely on the basis of a carbon footprint may result in the shifting of burdens.
Measuring the Social Impacts of Products | Join the Social Roundtable
Begun in early 2013, the Social Pioneers Roundtable has already made great strides in harmonizing approaches for measuring the social impacts of products. Of course, there is still work to be done. Therefore, we are delighted to extend our group for the next phase of this Roundtable.
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.
PCR Guidance Review for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
PRé was commissioned to review the internal PCR Guidance documents for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. This coalition spans about one-third of the apparel (clothing and shoes) sector. Their aim is to create a Higgs index for all apparel, reflecting the environmental impact
What does an LCA do, anyway? A 20 Year perspective
What do carbon footprints, water footprints, environmental product declarations, the GHG protocol, and PAS 2050 all have in common? These metrics, B2B communication platforms, and standards all adopt a life-cycle perspective.
Deciding for Sustainability
Product information — or making the invisible, visible — and clear sustainability goals are at the core of making informed and better sustainability choices. This is the second in a serie of columns in which Simon Evitts gives his insight on the importance of Sustainability Metrics Integration
Impact Assessment Methods| Improved sustainability characterisation of technologies
LC-IMPACT is a three and a half year project, funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which develops and further improves upon life cycle impact assessment methods, characterisation factors and normalisation factors. It complements and builds upon the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) work done in the context of the European platform for LCA and the UNEPSETAC Life Cycle Initiative.
Why Flexibility Matters for Sustainability Metrics | A Framework to Support Sustainable Value
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution in sustainability. Given the myriad of businesses, products and services it’s no wonder that harmonization of sustainability metrics is such a complex and difficult task
The Surplus Cost Method | Introduction
As society is demanding more fossil fuels and metals, there is an increasing concern about resource depletion
Ore Grade Decrease As Life Cycle Impact Indicator for Metal Scarcity
In the life cycle assessment (LCA) of products, the increasing scarcity of metal resources is currently addressed in a preliminary way. Here, we propose a new method on the basis of global ore grade information to assess the importance of the extraction of metal resources in the life cycle of products.
The typical scope of social sustainability metrics
Most companies limit social metrics to the upstream part of their value chains. The focus is usually on social audits of suppliers’ working conditions and human rights violations. So, what is really the typical scope of social sustainability metrics?
Identifying best existing practice for characterization modeling in life cycle impact assessment
Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) is a field of active development. The last decade has seen prolific publication of new impact assessment methods covering many different impact categories and providing characterization factors that often deviate from each other for the same substance and impact. Here you can read the journey towards identifying the best existing practice for characterization modeling in life cycle impact assessment.
How to make an environmental product declaration
Some useful resources on how to make an environmental product declaration.
A guide to life cycle costing
Life cycle costing is very much similar to life cycle assessment. In this article you will find out what are the similarities, types and whether it can be done in SimaPro.
Reasons to do Life Cycle Costing
Combining LCA and Life Cycle Costing gives you additional decision support metrics.
Product Carbon Footprint standards: which standard to choose?
In October 2011 the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) product standard was launched and the PAS 2050 was revised. And the development of ISO 14067 is ongoing. This raises the question: Which standard to choose?
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