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Online Tool Compares Plastics’ Carbon Footprints

Online Tool Compares Plastics’ Carbon Footprints

Greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage during NatureWorks’ Ingeo biopolymer manufacturing is lower than that of all commonly used plastics, according to an Inego life cycle assessment. The company has also launched an online calculator that allows manufactures to compare polymer-to-polymer carbon footprints, based on this new data. The article, … Read more »

NSF International, Sustainable Minds Partner on Product Transparency Reporting

NSF International, Sustainable Minds Partner on Product Transparency Reporting

Sustainable Minds has partnered with NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International, to provide life cycle assessment (LCA) verification and report certification for Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports. Sustainable Minds, a software and services provider founded to operationalize environmental performance into mainstream product development and manufacturing, will … Read more »

LCA Shows Greener Choice for Mercury Removal

A lifecycle assessment of Novinda’s Amended Silicates HgX (AS-HgX), a non-carbon product for removing mercury from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants, shows the product’s greenhouse emissions were one-tenth of those associated with powdered activated carbon (PAC) products. The company says this GHG performance delivers a potential reduction in … Read more »

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LCA Helps Development Cut GHGs 60%

A lifecycle assessment by eTool shows UK-based BioRegional’s One Brighton apartment project is delivering a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average UK home. The lifecycle software consulting firm says its eTool LCA also identified the potential for the 172-apartment development to achieve up to almost … Read more »

Aerospace Production Technology Cuts Waste, Carbon Footprint

Aerospace Production Technology Cuts Waste, Carbon Footprint

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), an aerospace production technology, has the potential to build light, sustainable parts and reduce a company’s carbon footprint, according to a study by EOS and Airbus Group Innovations, previously EADS Innovation Works. The environmental lifecycle assessment compared rapid investment casting with metal laser sintering to … Read more »

PE International Launches Next-Generation LCA Software

PE International Launches Next-Generation LCA Software

PE International has launched the latest version of its GaBi sustainability software and its new GaBi Server. With 25 percent more data than in prior releases, the newest GaBi platform offers comprehensive environmental information to help manufacturers make the most sustainable decisions from the onset of product design throughout the … Read more »

LCA Software Can Help Designers Earn Green Building Credits

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has released an update to its life cycle assessment (LCA) software package for North American building designers. The Impact Estimator for Buildings v4.5 is free and compliant whole building LCA software for those seeking the LCA credits in Green Globes and LEED v4 green building … Read more »

Tool Measures Building Materials’ Environmental Impact

Tool Measures Building Materials’ Environmental Impact

Architecture firm KieranTimberlake has launched a software application that allows designers to measure the environmental impact of building materials directly in a Revit model. The new tool, Tally, provides life cycle assessment (LCA) on demand, backed by GaBi data from PE International. Autodesk, the maker of Revit modeling software, supported … Read more »

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General Mills, Kraft, Monsanto Join Food LCA Database

General Mills, Kraft Foods and Monsanto are among the first companies to join a project that aims to develop a comprehensive database for food and beverage life cycle assessments (LCAs). The Swiss Federal Research Station Agroscope and consulting firm Quantis launched the World Food LCA Database (WFLDB) today. They expect … Read more »