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Updated Impact Assessment Methodology ReCiPe2016

A major update of the commonly used life cycle impact model ReCiPe is available. In this piece, Laura Golsteijn and professor Mark Huijbregts, provide an overview of the key elements of the update for the lca community as well as some experiences from the method developers.

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EARTHSHIFT changes name to Long Trail Sustainability (LTS)

HUNTINGTON, VT – EARTHSHIFT announced this week that the company will change its name to Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), effective immediately. LTS name reflects company’s roots and its dedication towards sustainability perseverance The new name, Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), encompasses many aspects of the sustainability consultancy. LTS, derived from the famous Long Trail hiking route …

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Subscribe to our Webinar: Introduction to AGRIBALYSE agricultural database

You are invited to join the developer teams of AGRIBALYSE and SimaPro in a webinar, especially organised for SimaPro users. The AGRIBALYSE v3.1 library is now available for all SimaPro users, giving access to public, free and high quality data for agricultural products and systems.

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What’s new in SimaPro 8.3

SimaPro version 8.3 has just been released. It includes three main new elements: Agribalyse, EPS 2015, and a consensus impact assessment method for water foot printing: AWARE. Additionally, several small updates were made to impact assessment methods. Read on for a summary of the most import updates.

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Biodiversity Part 3: Biodiversity, Climate Change And A Final Question

In our this 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, …

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Biodiversity Part 2: Land Use and Biodiversity

In our biodiversity series, we account for the effects of biodiversity in impact assessment. In this article, we tie land use to loss of biodiversity. What has the biggest impact, land conversion or land use? And who do we hold responsible?

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Guidance For Modelling The Use Stage In The PEF Approach

For many product groups, the use stage can contribute much to the overall environmental impact. However, underlying modelling assumptions make it difficult to pinpoint exactly how much. Standardising the modelling approaches can greatly reduce the uncertainties in the calculated use-stage impact. The Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs), …

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Biodiversity Part 1: Our Impact On Biodiversity

Biodiversity is an important topic for sustainability professionals and policymakers. In this article, we start to unravel biodiversity impact assessment. Some starting points: how do you define nature? And why is nature so valuable?

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GLAD Is Great: About the Global LCA Access to Data Initiative

LCA data standards have always been a tricky topic – to come to an alignment, many parties need to be on the same page. Ever since life cycle thinking started, attempts to find consensus have been unsuccessful. We’re glad that we now have GLAD.

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Towards Global Guidance for LCIA Indicators and Methods – Pellston Workshop

After a period in which many people worked hard to make LCA easier to do and interpret, the latest developments are mostly focused at making LCA more efficient by standardization. An important initiative is the Flagship 1b project of UNEP SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, which aims at a global consensus and guidance for a limited …

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