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Sustainability Cases

Organisations and institutes like the European Commission, European Space Agency, and DSM, have put their trust in PRé during the last 25 years. Learn how leading organisations have achieved financial and corporate benefits through sustainability metrics integration.

LCA of ECO-SANDWICH® wall panels

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.

Cradle-to-grave Customer Hardware LCA

CASE STUDY | For a large financial news and media company, PRé used SimaPro to model their latest customer hardware. Comparing these results with studies done in 2010 and 2011 showed that the new models had lower impacts.

Understanding The Impacts Of Candy Production

For a global confections company, PRé built models of the packaging and production of candy, and projected the models forward to predict future impacts. This helps the company improve their future sustainability, starting now.

Developing A Sustainability Metrics Integration Plan

For a leading fibreglass company, PRé developed a sustainability metrics integration plan. This allows the company to build the sustainability skills it needs to answer customer queries and create more sustainable products.

Establishing An Industry Baseline For Synthetic Rubber

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.

Environmental Aspects Of A Satellite Mission

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.

Environmental Footprint of Upcycled Grocery Tote

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.

Monitoring the Impact of LED Sign Lighting Systems

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 products.

Communicating LCA Results in the Colourants Industry

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

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

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.

Guiding Document on Creating Product Category Rules

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.

A Method for Assessing the Impact of Novel Technology

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.

Measuring Social Sustainability in the Meat Industry

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.

An Inventory of Environmental Emissions in the EU

To monitor progress on sustainability in the EU, the Joint Research Center 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

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

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

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

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

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.

Environmental Footprint of Water Purification

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 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

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

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

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.

Carbon Footprint Analysis of Bottled Water

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.

Product Sustainability Program Development

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

PRé conducted life cycle assessments for two popular pieces of jewelry from a major manufacturer, both metal rings. Gem Co requested this to gain additional supply chain transparency and establish baselines for product comparison.

Supply Chain Scan to Expand a Sustainability Program

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

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 for a Popular Deli Meat

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.

DSM’s People+ Program

The Dutch company DSM has made a clear commitment towards sustainability. One of its most visible messages is in the corporate mission that has almost become part of the logo: “Bright science. Brighter living”

From Landfill to Recycling

How did one company take a competitor’s green advantage and turn it into a superlative solution? Read the Becton Dickinson case.

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