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An introduction to water footprinting – part 2

Water footprinting is an excellent, science-based method to improve your environmental impact and mitigate risks. In this article: the 10 available methods laid out side by side, including an explanation of their differences.

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An introduction to water footprinting – part 1

Water footprinting is an excellent, science-based method to improve your environmental impact and mitigate risks. In this article: why is it important to do water footprinting, what benefits does it offer and how are water footprints calculated?

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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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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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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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3D printing guarantees efficiency. Myth or not?

A 3D-printed object is created with no waste material at all, in contrast to other industrial manufacturing processes. Does that mean 3D printing really is a perfect solution for efficiency? Read this month’s Sustainability Mythbusters.

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