LCA Updates (methodology, new data)

Food and Agricultural Data for PEF/OEF Studies: Most Recent Released PEF Data
To ensure comparability within products groups, the PEF initiative is facilitating the use of life cycle inventory data. Now, after the Energy and Transport data was released, the Agricultural and Food sector are following. This is a short update on the availability of the PEF datasets that have been most recently released; towards consistent EF-compliant data.
Updated method ReCiPe2016 improves accuracy in quantifying impacts on human health and environment
PRé and the Radboud University Nijmegen, among other academic institutes, collaborated on the update of sustainability impact assessment method ReCiPe, the update method is known as ReCiPe2016. ReCiPe2016 enhances accuracy in quantifying life cycle impacts on human health, ecosystem services and natural resources. ReCiPe206 is available on demand. In this piece, Laura Golsteijn explains the potential applications and shares developer’s experiences.
Bringing Product Environmental Footprint to the Next Level: Review of Supporting Studies
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.
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?
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.
Biodiversity Part 3: Biodiversity, Climate Change And A Final Question
In our biodiversity series, we look at how to assess the impact of biodiversity changes. We looked at the basic assumptions and metrics in Part 1, and in Part 2 we looked at land use change and how that ties to biodiversity. In this article, we discuss the effect of climate change on biodiversity, and pose our final question.
The EN 15804 Building Product LCA Standard: More Challenges than Benefits
In general, the development of standards is a good thing, especially in such a complex environment as building and construction. But not all standards are an unmitigated benefit. This week, we feature a guest post by PhD student Sahar Mirzaie, about her research into the pitfalls and challenges in LCA for the building sector, including the EN 15804 standard.
Quantifying Your Activities’ Impact on Biodiversity
Biodiversity refers to the variety of organisms present in an ecosystem, or the genetic variation within an area. This diversity is necessary for many ecosystems and human systems services, either directly (for example, agricultural activities) or indirectly (for example local temperature regulation or natural filtering and cleaning of water streams). For that reason, we need to make sure we protect our planet’s biodiversity and to do so we need to know the impacts of our actions on it.
Biodiversity Part 1: Our Impact on Biodiversity
Biodiversity, agriculture and food are very current topics, within the field of sustainability and outside of it. They have a strong effect on GHG emissions, climate change and global warming, which means it is essential for policy makers to give these topics some thought. Unfortunately, these topics require a lot of nuanced thinking. In this series, we address biodiversity impact assessment. Part 1: how do you even define ‘nature’?
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.
Developments in LCA in the Food Industry
Food and its consumption have a significant impact on our environment. It is estimated that a third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is linked to agriculture and food production. The insights gathered via robust LCA studies can really help consumers, governments and industry to abate the environmental impacts and take more informed decisions. But consistency in data and methods is a must. In this piece, I’d like to share a short overview of the latest developments towards alignment in LCA food data and extend an invitation to meet the SimaPro team at the LCA Food conference.
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