The New Economy and Social Innovation Global Forum, 19-22 April, Malaga
NESI Forum 2017 is a Global Forum on New Economy and Social Innovation that brings together for the first time in history the main international representatives of the so-called New Economic Movements (NEMs).
The Sustainability Summit 2017 - March 23rd - 24th, London
What does COP21 and the push for greater environmental sustainability mean for business?
Circular Economy: one year after adoption, working together for the future
Green Business Week 15/17 March 2017 in Lisbon
The AIP Foundation organizes the Green Business Week – A Major National Event on Knowledge Transference from 15 to 17 March 2017 in the Lisbon Congress Centre.
Circular Economy in the Built Environment
The circular economy model aims to decouple economic growth from resource consumption. Our research outlines key principles of the circular economy, using the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s ReSOLVE framework to explore and contextualise practical applications in the built environment.
The importance of a sustainable product lifecycle
The term sustainability has increased in popularity in recent years and is often used, in many different sectors, very lightly. However, in the architecture and design industry, a sustainable approach to the production process is not merely a buzzword, it is a necessity.
Big ambitions: How SME's can become sustainability leaders
Growing economic pressures, an uncertain political landscape and increasing competition means sustainability has in some cases fallen down the business agenda. This is often true for SMEs, who may feel they have other areas in greater need of focus.
Putting energy efficiency first: consuming better, getting cleaner
A 30% energy efficiency target, efficient buildings, clarified ecodesign framework and measures, smarter finance to help Europe grow while meeting its climate goals easer.
Closing the loop on the circular economy
Published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, "A New Dynamic 2: Effective Systems In a Circular Economy" brings together 18 key thinkers, business leaders and academics who look beyond the boundaries of their respective disciplines and establish the necessary connections to re-think our current development path. This volume helps to further understand and engage in the realization of the circular economy model.
Advance London: Helping SMEs to capitalise on circular economy
London Waste and Recycling Board launches Advance London - a new circular economy business support programme for SMEs
POLICY SHIFT OPPORTUNITIES FOR A CIRCULAR ECONOMY?
A new report prepared for the European Commission has pointed out opportunities for actions around policy and regulatory actions that could help to enable and unlock the growth potential of a circular economy.
Taking the life-cycle perspective: Report addresses critical issues in building practices
What elements determine how much impact a building has on the environment? If things like roofing, insulation, and energy-efficient windows are among the first things that come to mind, you’re not wrong — but you also don’t have the complete picture. Unfortunately, decision-makers, including architects and builders, may not always have the full picture up front either.
New Project Set to Help European SMEs Transition to Circular Economy
Businesses of all sizes can realize opportunities presented by the shift from linear ‘take, make, waste’ models and systems to circular ones. As the originator of the circular economy concept Walter R. Stahel once said, “A circular economy will directly create numerous jobs with a broad diversity of skills at local and regional level, and give rise to new SMEs [small and medium enterprises] exploiting opportunities in the local loops.”
Product Lifecycle Management: What businesses need to know
In any kind of production process, whether the end product is a washing machine or a piece of software, there are a number of stages to go through. From the initial idea, through design to manufacturing, service and support, and end of life and disposal, all products go through a similar lifecycle.
Product lifecycle management is about integrating the staff, data, processes and business systems that go to produce a product. This in turn provides a fund of information surrounding the creation of the product which can be used to streamline the development of future products. PLM software allows this to be done cost effectively across the entire lifecycle of a product.
Efficient life cycles for buildings
Passive design strategies can dramatically affect the energy performance of a building. Anasua Mitra details the important aspects to consider in order to make your home a green one
Circular economy in the spotlight at Plastics Recycling Conference Europe
The Recycling Today Media Group has announced that among the topics to be addressed at its upcoming European conferences will be circular economy efforts in Europe and how plastic fits in to these initiatives. Recycling Today is hosting the colocated and concurrent 2016 Plastics Recycling Conference Europe and 2016 Paper Recycling Conference Europe 1-3 November in Rotterdam.
CYCLE 2016 - 5th international forum
The International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG), which marks its 15th anniversary this year, is pleased to invite you to CYCLE 2016—the 5th edition of the International Forum on the Life Cycle Management of Products and Services—on October 13–14 at Polytechnique Montréal.
Green Building Materials Market will at a CAGR of around 12% , USD 255 billion By 2020
Zion Research has published a new report titled “Green Building Materials Market for Framing, Insulation, Roofing, Exterior Siding, Interior Finishing and Other Applications for Public facilities, Education, Commercial and Industrial, Healthcare, R&D Centers, Residential and Other End-users - Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2014 – 2020”. According to the report, global green building materials market was valued at around USD 127.5 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 255 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of around 12% between 2015 and 2020. In terms of volume, the global green building materials market stood at 5,500.0 kilo tons in 2014.
Cemex delivers sustainable construction solutions in France
Cemex’s sustainable products and solutions contributed to the construction of three different, eco-friendly commercial developments in Beauvais and Lyon, France. Our solutions for the distinctive environmental demands of these different projects exemplify Cemex’s commitment to achieving sustainable development and build a better future.
18th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, 2017
The ERSCP is one of Europe's most remarkable conferences in its field and has taken place periodically since 1994. ERSCPs favour discussions about the key issues in sustainable consumption and production; the exchange of thoughts, knowledge, experiences and SCP proposals; and the creation of a European (also worldwide) community of research and practice in sustainable consumption and production. The main goal of the ERSCPs is to encourage discussion amongst stakeholders involved in sustainable consumption and production: businesses, public institutions, universities, institutes and research centres, NGOs, SMEs, professional associations, decision-makers, etc.
Final event of the LCiP project & LCiP Awards Portugal 2016
On June 23, the final event of LCIP project took place marking the conclusion of this international project and the launch of the Life Cycle Approaches and Circular Economy Resources Centre, located in LNEG - National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, in the Lumiar campus, Lisbon.
Launch of the LCiP Resources Center on Life Cycle Approaches and Circular Economy in Portugal
The LCiP project partner LNEG launches next June 23, at 14:00 the Resources Center on Life Cycle Approaches and Circular Economy at Campus do Lumiar in Lisbon. The whole consortium will attend the event.
LCiP Awards 2016 Basque Country
Four companies were awarded at the LCiP Awards Ceremony 2016 in the Basque Country which took place on June 16 in Bilbao. Impact Acoustic System, ZIV Metering Solutions, Financiera Maderera and Protec are good examples of environmental, social and economic improvement.
Videos are now available! Experiences with 32 European SMEs
Life Cycle Thinking in Building, Renewable Energy and Waste Management Sector
32 SMEs in the Hauts-de-France region, Wallonia, Portugal and the Basque Country were coached to integrate the Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) in their business practice in the European project LCIP (Life cycle in Practice). An opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of their products and services over their entire life cycle and in three sectors: construction, renewable energy and the recycling sector.
Call for proposal: the 5th [avniR] LC award 2016!
Together with development of new business models, ecodesign based on Life Cycle Management becomes a key tool for innovative sustainable business development. The [avniR] LC award developed in 2012, seeks to mainstream LCM, and to promote the ecodesign expertise and innovation within businesses. WILL YOU BE THE NEXT WINNER?
Portugal runs for 4 days on renewable energy alone
The environmental NGO ZERO and the Portuguese Association of Renewable Energies APREN analised data from the national energy grids (REN) and concluded that between Saturday the 7th and Wednesday the 11th May, the electricity consumption was 100% fulfilled with renewable sources. For 107 hours it was not necessary to use coal or gas power plants.
LCiP Awards 2016 in Wallonia
In Wallonia, the award was organized by GreenWin in association with the Belgian Award of the Circular Economy, which was held on May 19 2016 at the University Faculty of Gembloux during the Circular Economy Fair EcoCir 2016 (www.ecocir.be).
Third edition of Buying Green! Handbook published
On April 2016 the European Commission published a fully revised version of Buying Green! - A Handbook on green public procurement.
Materials Passports a key feature of newly launched BAMB project (H2020)
Today is the launch of the stakeholder network of the H2020 project BAMB (Buildings as Material Banks). A key feature of this project will be the implementation of Materials Passports for the construction industry, sets of data describing defined characteristics of materials in products that give them value for recovery and reuse.
The 2016 LCiP Awards Portugal competition is open for entries.
The partnership of the international project LCIP - Life Cycle in Practice (www.lifelcip.eu) is promoting this year the second edition of LCIP Awards - Life Cycle Approaches, aiming to raise awareness and stimulate lifecycle thinking in companies and other institutions, improving the environmental performance of its products and services. This competition aims to be a national and international dissemination vehicle for companies and institutions that excel in the field of sustainable innovation.
The main clusters of the Basque Country have joined the Basque Ecodesign Center
The main clusters of the Basque Country have joined the Basque Ecodesign Center to integrate ecodesign within their associated companies and improve their international position. The Basque Ecodesign Center signed on April 24 a public-private agreement with nine clusters, which will enable Basque companies to improve their competitiveness in domestic and international markets through the development of innovative products and services based on the application of eco-design.
A promising alternative in the construction industry
The French patent HP2A technology reprocesses stone from clay, offering a green alternative to Portland cement.
[avniR] participates as partner in “consom'attitudes” exhibition!
The consom'attitudes exhibition opens its doors in the Science Forum in Villeneuve d'Ascq, from 2 April until the end of December 2016!
Home-based up cycling of plastics - inspiring design!!
We have created machines that enable anyone to recycle plastic. They are made from basic materials, affordable & easy to build. Start your own little plastic recycling workshop.
Brussels Capital Region first to engage in ambitious Circular Economy Programme
Last Friday three ministers of the Brussels Capital Region of Belgium just signed an ambitious circular economy programme. May many other european city-regions follow suit!
Still too expensive for mainstream industry, but an innovation to be watched!
Dutch scientists at Delft University of Technology have designed a new type of “self-healing” concrete. Limestone-producing bacteria allow this bio-concrete to seal itself when cracks appear. Developer Henk Jonkers incorporates capsules of the bacteria, as well as calcium lactate, in the concrete. When cracks occur, the exposure to air and moisture causes the bacteria to consume the calcium lactate, converting it to calcite, which seals the cracks. The bacteria can lay dormant in the concrete for up to 200 years.
DAPHabitat recognized internationally
From now on, Portuguese building materials, products and systems can make the registration of their Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) with international recognition through DAPHabitat. The national system was approved by ECOPlatform, an association that brings together several DAP registration programs at European level.
1st april 2016: extended deadline to submit your contributions for [avnir] 2016 conference
A significant number of contributions are already submitted for the [avniR] conference 2016. Many thanks to all the authors!
Following numerous requests, the organizing committee decided to extend the deadline to submit contributions until April 1st, 2016.
Networking opportunity during EcoBuild in London, March 2016
On Wednesday, 9th March, Enterprise Europe is organising a FREE-to-attend matchmaking event at Ecobuild, the world's biggest exhibition for sustainable construction and Resource, a major event for the Circular Economy.
A wider perspective on Life Cycle approaches
This is a strong message which puts in a global perspective the opportunity for SMEs to engage in Life Cycle Approaches!
The LCiP partners meet in Liège to decide about the final stages of the project
The milestones and deliverables of the project were reviewed and decisions were taken regarding the major outputs when reaching the final straightaway. During 3 intense working days, from the 24th to the 26th of February, the partners from Nord-pas de Calais, Wallonie, Portugal and the Basque Country developed an action plan to successfully accomplish the project’s objectives.
Towards eco-transition: these businesses and actors who make a difference
The catalog of eco-transition "The transition is here" by cd2e
Call for projects: KIC InnoEnergy?s Call for Innovation Projects - call open from 15 Jan - 4 April
KIC InnoEnergy is looking for companies with innovative solutions in sustainable energy
Call for contributions for [avniR] Conference 2016!
The [avniR] Conference: the essential event for anyone wanting to contribute to the eco-transition through Life Cycle Thinking
Call for papers: the opportunity to present your work
We are delighted to invite all interested businesses, academia, institutions and NGOs, to submit their contribution for the [avniR] Conference 2016.
New in 2016: become a sponsor!
Highlight your company?s investment in Life Cycle Thinking to external stakeholders. Promoting this investment sends a message to the wider community that your business recognises its responsibility to understand and respond to sustainability issues.
The Innovators: growing solid wooden furniture without the joins
Gavin Munro of Derbyshire-based Full Grown explains how moulding trees into one-piece chairs, lamps or mirror frames is far more eco-friendly than felling
The 2016 European Circular Economy Conference. Is the new package the right fit for Europe?
Timed to follow the release of the European Commission’s revised Circular Economy Package, which forms a key pillar of the Commission’s work programme for 2016 and which was released on 2 December 2015, this conference will enable stakeholders to debate and respond to the new proposals.
Waste prevention: where do European countries stand?
Every year Europeans generate more than two billions of tonnes of waste, which does not only cause environmental problems but also represents an economic loss. Waste prevention lies at the centre of the European Union’s policies on waste and Member States have a legal obligation to adopt and implement waste prevention programmes.
Formation RECYCLAGE-LCIP 2015 du cd2e avec [avniR]
ACTEURS DU RECYCLAGE : COMMENT LA PENSEE CYCLE DE VIE FAIT EVOLUER MON METIER VERS L’ECONOMIE CIRCULAIRE?
Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste
An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic.
Innovative heat-dispersing clay bricks help keep homes naturally cool
A new innovative brick is paving the way towards more comfortable, affordable, and sustainable architectural solutions in hot climates. Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro of Sumart Diseño y Arquitectura SAS designed BT - Bloque Termodisipador (HB - Heatsink Brick), a type of clay brick that helps keep buildings naturally cool through smart design. Made with an irregular shape, the brick’s angled and perforated form not only improves the building’s thermal comfort, but also helps reduce material waste and construction time.
Solfalca publishes the Environmental Product Declaration for their Insulation Cork Board
The first Environmental Product Declaration under the Portuguese EPD System for the Habitat has recently been published. The product declared is an insulation cork board.
The SInnDesign project (Leonardo da Vinci TOI) comes to an end
The SInnDesign project – Sustainable Innovation through Design, led by the LCiP partners LNEG (PT) and PROSPEKTIKER (ES), has been concluded and all results are now available online for download. The aim of SInnDesign was to develop training materials and tools for design for sustainability (DfS) of furniture, textiles for the habitat and building materials, leading to innovative and competitive solutions.
Closing the loop: Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package to boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth
On the 2nd December, the European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package, which includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.
INDELEC, HAPPYCHIC Group and MOBIL WOOD, winners of [avniR] eco-design contest 2015!
This year, more than 20 applications were submitted for the 4th [avniR] ecodesign awards. Our jury of nine economic, environmental, design and academic experts narrowed down the competition to six finalists and the three winners were announced on November 5 in Lille during the [avniR] Day.
Report about the the crucial role of discount rates in European Commission energy system modelling, by Andreas H. Hermelink & David de Jager, Ecofys.
Discount rates are a crucial factor in energy and climate modelling and associated impact assessments. Why is that?
The CILECCTA project has developed an integrated methodology that ensures the compatibility between LCC and LCA
The CILECCTA project has developed a bridge between life cycle thinking connected to both economics and the environment, and has created demonstration software based on this.
99 Per Cent Of Sweden's Garbage Is Now Recycled
"There’s a “recycling revolution” happening in Sweden – one that has pushed the country closer to zero waste than ever before. In fact, less than one per cent of Sweden’s household garbage ends up in landfills today.
The 2015 edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction: Fostering change through awareness raising actions
Between the 21st and the 29th of November, the 2015 edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction takes place. The EWWR 2015 will take place under the patronage of the European Parliament and focuses on the issue of Dematerialisation - Doing more with less!
3rd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
On 4, 5 and 6 April 2016 the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing will take place in Chania, Crete (Greece), organized by KES International and Cardiff University (http://sdm-16.kesinternational.org).
Award: KIC InnoEnergy Award 2015 for Spanish and Portuguese start-ups!
The vision of KIC InnoEnergy is to lead change in the European sustainable energy market. With the aim of promoting cleantech businesses in Spain and Portugal, KIC InnoEnergy Iberia is organising its 2nd KIC InnoEnergy Award.
LCM 2015, three days of conference to help nearly 700 businesses and researchers to (re)design their business model
From 30th August to 2nd September, 680 international participants come together in the biggest international Conference on Life Cycle Management, LCM 2015 in Bordeaux. This biannual event brought together many multinational companies (Nestle, Volkswagen, Airbus, BASF, etc.) but also SMEs, consultancies, public authorities, researchers, and academics to discuss how to better manage the life cycle of products and services to create sustainable value!
The 5th partner meeting of the LCiP project was held in Bordeaux the 3rd and 4th of September
It was held in the frame of the LCM 2015 that took place in Bordeaux from the 30th of August to the 2nd of September and that gathered 663 participants from all over the world.
CoolTerra, a new biofuel that enriches soil and decomposes at a very slow rate
Colorado-based Cool Planet’s main business is an innovative biofuels technology, where wood chips, agricultural waste and other organic products (non-food) are heated to very high temperatures without oxygen. The vapours created are channeled into a catalyst and then condensed into a biofuel that is molecularly similar to fossil fuels. That’s an interesting prospect in itself, but Cool Planet has also found a commercially valuable purpose for the organic matter left over. The biochar product, named ‘Cool Terra’, is being enhanced and sold as soil additive.
Monitoring confirms energy efficiency of Passive House city district
The Passive House district of Bahnstadt in Heidelberg (Germany) has passed the test: according to a report on recent measurements, the values being strived for in relation to energy efficiency were met in full. In 2014, the average consumption of 1260 housing units with a living area of more than 75 000 m² was 14.9 kWh/(m²a).
Study results: Monetisation of the MMG (Environmental Material Performance of Building Elements) method
Objective: the analysis in Debacker et al. (2012) indicates that the monetisation step can have a big impact on the (aggregated) MMG* results. Monetising impacts both reveals the uncertainty inherent in LCIA and adds uncertainty. In 2013-2014, the monetization step was developed, especially to make the approach consistent with the indicators used in ILCD recommendations and CEN guidelines, and to clarify and narrow down the uncertainties.
Costa Verde, the LCiP Awards 2015 winner for Portugal
The Portuguese SME presented a minimum (porcelain tableware) product, developed using eco-design methodology. The multifunctional set from fridge to the table made of 100% recycled material achieved a 16% reduction of the thermic energy, 100% reduction in raw material, 30% reduction in waste and 16% reduction of GHG emissions.
Tillieux Menuiserie, the LCiP Awards 2015 winner for the North of France region
Tillieux Menuiserie boosted its economic activity based on the passive house concept. The products are designed in line or ahead, of the thermal regulations. Reawin window offers high thermal performance in the refurbishment of building, including the insulation of historical monuments.
Eloy Water, the LCiP Awards 2015 winner for Wallonia
Eloy Water's flagship product Oxyfix®is a new generation of compact, reliable and low-cost waste treatment system. The company developed a quantitative and qualitative LCA approach in order to evaluate the potential impact related to environmental burden, human health and use of abiotic resources. Conclusions led to a complete adaptation of the process and means of production resulting in a significant reduction in all environmental impacts and in production costs.
Hirilan, the LCiP Awards 2015 winner for the Basque Country
Hirilan offers a full architecture service and presents the project where they first implemented ecodesign. It is the design of 3 residential buildings housing 12 dwellings each. For this project, they reconsidered the materials used and achieved an 8% reduction, they redesigned the buildings to achieve a reduction of energy consumption of 33% and they reviewed the installations to achieve 31% of water savings. The ecodesign methodology is now used in the day to day activity of the company.
The LCiP project is now recruiting a sample of SMEs to deploy LCA methodologies and tools
In each of the four regions (North of France, Wallonia, Basque Country and Portugal), four SMEs will be coached in each of the selected sectors (building, energy and waste management).
Rewarding the SMEs who apply life cycle approaches in their products or services
SMEs from four European regions have submitted their applications for the LCiP Awards which will be celebrated the 31st of August in Bordeaux at the LCM 2015 Conference
ISO/FDIS 14001 Issued on July 2, 2015
The latest milestone in the ISO 14001 revision process was reached on July 2, 2015 with the issue of ISO/FDIS 14001. This document is the final draft before the publication of the standard (scheduled for September 2015).
Presentation of the Passivhaus standard for nearly zero energy buildings
On June 25th, the Passivhaus Building Platform (PEP) organised a conference in Bilbao in order to provide designers and building companies with information regarding the the standard "Passivhaus" for nearly zero energy buildings.
International Summer School on “Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainable Regional Development”
The training will take place in Bordeaux, France, on the 28 – 30 August 2015, prior to the celebration of the LCM Conference. The objective of this 4th edition Summer School is to provide advanced training to undergraduate students, doctoral, post-doctoral students and young professionals, including researchers of less than 30 years, in the specialised field of life cycle approaches, with the purpose to help them to foster sustainable regional development. In this way the school will allow the students to acquire transversal skills in the area of sustainable chemistry and engineering that are highly appreciated by research institutions and industrial employers.
More than 170 Basque professionals are trained in Life Cycle approaches
Prospektiker has organised 7 training sessions in collaboration with Ihobe to train companies in LC approaches in the subjects of Life Cycle Thinking, Life Cycle Assessment, Ecodesign applied in the Construction sector, Ecodesign applied in the Renewable Energies sector, Green purchasing applied in the Construction sector, Green purchasing applied in the Renewable Energies sector and Environmental Communication.
LCM 2015: registration is open!
The LCM 2015 Organizing Committee is pleased to inform you that the registration for the 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Management on 30th August - 2nd September 2015 in Bordeaux, France is now open!
Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings
Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of rubble that often head straight for the landfill. Omer Haciomeroglu, a student at Sweden’s Umeå Institute of Design has designed Ero – a robot that recycles concrete in an energy-efficient manner and separates it from rebar and other debris on the spot. The project won the 2013 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Student Designs category.
LCiP organises the Training on Life Cycle Approaches in the Basque Country
The training courses are free and will be provided by Ihobe and other experts from IK Engineering and LKS Engineering. These experts will also carry out the coaching to the companies participating in the pilot projects. The courses will take place in eight sessions between May and June and the SMEs and other companies may register in all or any of them.
IHOBE collaborates with Prospektiker in LCiP to promote within Basque SMEs the implementation of life cycle approaches
IHOBE, the environmental agency of the Basque Government, has signed a collaboration agreement with Prospektiker to actively participate in the Life Cycle in Practice project of the LIFE + programme which is currently being developed by 4 European partners, including Prospektiker.
The SInnDesign project enters the pilot training and demonstration phase
The SInnDesign project – Sustainable Innovation through Design its entering its pilot training and demonstration phase. This is when training institutions and companies from the construction materials, home and technical textiles and furniture sectors from Portugal, Spain, Austria and Denmark will learn about, and implement knowledge and tools on, how to integrate environmental and social considerations in product or product-service design.
Build Upon, a new project for rehabilitation
The European Network of Green Building Councils has launched an energy rehabilitation project with the amount of 2.35 million euros. The Build Upon will last two years and aims to support governments in developing rehabilitation strategies of existing buildings, in line with the laws established by the European Union.
Training sessions on Life cycle assessment of CO2, energy and water consumption in urban districts
Training sessions on "Life cycle assessment of CO2, energy and water consumption in urban districts", in the frame of the UrbiLCA project (SOE4/P4/E824) that is financed by the SUDOE – Interreg IVB program.
Call for proposal: the 4th annual [avniR] ecodesign award 2015!
Together with development of new business models, ecodesign based on Life Cycle Management becomes a key tool for innovative sustainable business development. The [avniR] ecodesign award developed in 2012, seeks to mainstream LCM, and to promote the ecodesign expertise and innovation within businesses.
The Steering Committee of the LCiP (Life Cycle in Practice) European project meets in Bilbao in March
The partners of the LCiP project met from the 11th to the 13th of March in Zamudio in order to monitor the project’s progress and build on the following steps.
The LCiP partners visit Gamesa to find out about the environmental roadmap of this leading company of the global wind industry
The partners of the European project LCiP have learned about the experience of the company Gamesa when incorporating environmental criteria in the comprehensive management of the company.
New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half
Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality, representing what could be a revolutionary development for the recycling industry. This green technology can also be used to recycle materials that currently go into landfills, such as styrofoam and polystyrene—both of which take more than 500 years to biodegrade.
A web-based building products environmental impacts comparison tool: CAP’EM COMPASS
A group of independent organizations from 5 countries of North West Europe has developed a web tool based upon European and International Life Cycle Analysis standards and methods. This tool, CAP’EM COMPASS, makes it possible to pick out building products based upon their environmental impact.
Wallonia’s Marshall Plan for economic regeneration becomes digital and circular
Wallonia’s Marshall Plan, launched in 2006 by the Vice-President of the Region Jean-Claude Marcourt, is an ambitious plan for socio-economic regeneration of the region. The Plan aims to re-launch the Walloon economy, through the creation of clusters, a combination of job creation and stimulation of economic activities, position training and teaching as cornerstones of employability, better exploit the opportunities of sustainable development, in order to develop a strong economic base for a better future for Wallonia.
International success and outstanding results of the LCM 2015 call for abstracts
More than 600 contributions from 44 countries!
Many thanks to those of you who contributed to this exceptional number of contributors (including 15 of the Nord-Pas de Calais region, 139 French contributions, 220 European and over 50% from non-European countries).
"Life Cycle Thinking" is not far from mainstream! It is now time for the Scientific Committee to select papers for platform or poster presentation in different sessions.
Below we provide a zoom on 3 sectorial approaches for Life Cycle Management link to the [avniR] platform European LCiP project.
Alliance between French and Belgian Competitiveness Clusters
On December 2nd 2014, competitiveness clusters GreenWin and Trimatec signed a partnership agreement during the opening of the Pollutec conference in Lyon. The agreement was signed in the presence of Mrs. Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and Mrs. Fabienne Reuter, Delegate of the Wallonia-Brussels Region in Paris.
The New Standard ISO 14001: 2015 In The Spotlight
The 29th of January the major developments of ISO 14001: 2015 will be discussed during a technical conference that will take place in Bilbao and which is organized by the Department of Environment and Regional Policy of the Basque Government through its public company Ihobe.
Portugal: 63% of the electricity consumption in 2014 was supplied by renewable sources
4 winners for the 3rd annual [avniR] ecodesign award 100% dedicated to Life Cycle Management
The 40th IAHS World Congress on Housing - Sustainable Housing Construction – will take place in December in Funchal, Portugal
The 40th IAHS World Congress will take place in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) from December 16-19, 2014. It is being organized by ITeCons - Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Sciences, of the University of Coimbra. ITeCons is one the the Life Cycle Champions of LCiP in Portugal.
SInnDesign is currently developing training tools and modules for design for sustainability (DfS) for several sectors including building materials
SInnDesign is a Lifelong Learning Programme project which was conceived to develop training materials and tools for design for sustainability (DfS) of furniture, textiles for the habitat and building materials, leading to innovative and competitive solutions. For more information: http://sinndesignproject.eu/
Two young Belgian entrepreneurs launch IsoHemp, specialised in the production and commercialisation of hemp-based building blocks.
4th international [avniR] conference: highlights on two days of Life Cycle Thinking in Practice
2014 [avniR] conference key figures:
26 countries represented
56 international speakers
20h of workshops and debates
140 contributions presented and published in the proceedings [avniR] 2014
31 members in the Scientific Committee
2 winners for the Best Poster
Submit your contribution for the next LCM2015 (Life Cycle Management Conference):
The LCM 2015 Organizing Committee, composed of University of Bordeaux, CIRAIG and [avniR] platform, is pleased to invite you to participate in the call for abstracts for the 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Management on 30th August - 2nd September 2015 in Bordeaux, France.
Energy for Sustainability Conference 2015 - Sustainable Cities: Designing for People and the Planet - May 14-15 Coimbra Portugal
Prospektiker attends the Basque Ecodesign Meeting 2014
The Basque Ecodesign Meeting gathered this November 17th in Bilbao around 300 companies and leading experts in ecodesign. The event counted with a total of 80 speakers both in plenary session (with Michele Galatola’s presence from the European Commission) and in eight parallel working sessions.
The LCiP project’s 3rd Steering Committee was held in Lille on the occasion of the LCA Conference which was organized by avniR on the 5th and 6th of November
The partners of the LIFE+ project, Life Cycle in Practice, gathered together once again to discuss the project’s progress and decide on key aspects about the future steps. The project is led by the French cd2e- avniR who were the hosts this time as well as last year. GreenWin from Wallonia, LNEG from Portugal and Prospektiker from the Basque Country traveled to Nord-Pas de Calais to attend the Project’s Steering Committee as well as the LCA Conference.
Kick-off meeting in Lille, France
The kick-off meeting was held in Lille, France on the 12th and 13th of November 2013. Each partner presented its profile, key staff and expectations. The kick-off meeting was a successful start to the LCiP project.