LCANZ Member Newsletter – February 2017

EPD Programme seeks savvy board member

Happy New Year and welcome to the first LCANZ member newsletter of 2017. It’s going to be an exciting year. We look forward to continued momentum for life cycle thinking in New Zealand.

For anyone interested in being more involved in the development of life cycle assessment in New Zealand and Australia, an interesting opportunity is available with theAustralasian Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Programme.

We are looking for a high-calibre person to join the Board of Directors.

The Australasian EPD Programme was launched in 2014 to provide a trans-Tasman platform for communicating credible environmental information. The programme is a joint venture between the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand and the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and is aligned with the International EPD® System.

Given the current stage in development of the EPD Programme, we are seeking a Board member with the ability to grow awareness of the EPD Programme in key markets. The ideal applicant will be experienced in developing strategic connections and networks, have a background in marketing, communication, brand development and bring skill in small business mentoring and governance.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, please contact me directly. The closing date for applications for all appointed Director positions is 17 March 2017.

Dr Barbara Nebel
President, Life Cycle Association of New Zealand
February 2017

4th NZ Life Cycle Assessment Conference

LCANZ in collaboration with the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre is facilitating a one day industry focused symposium, hosted by Methven in Auckland. Speakers include Prof Anthony Halog from Queensland University, Rob Johnson from OneSteel, James Griffin from the Sustainable Business Network. The event will bring together Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment with a focus on how industry can or have used this approach. Join us for a day of learning from your peers, sharing experience, and listening to success stories and networking. If you have a story that you would like to share and present, please contact Barbara. Click here to register.

Student symposium on LCM & industrial ecology

HomeAre you a Life Cycle Assessment/Management (LCA/M) student or academic? Do you want to know more about or work in the fast developing field of industrial ecology? Do you want to stay updated on the latest developments in environmental footprinting methods? Then the upcoming Student Symposium on LCA/M and Industrial Ecology is where you need to be! Read morehere or click here to register. .

Dulux releases declaration on the environmental impact of paint

Image result for dulux logoIn a first for Australian paint companies, Dulux Australia has published and released in-depth environmental documentation on its products to assist architects, specifiers and construction industry members in achieving sustainable and Green Star certified projects. Read more here.

Leadership change for LCA committee at ISO

Dr Peter Saling has been appointed president of the SC5 Life Cycle Assessment Group, the committee that developed the LCA standards ISO 14040 and 14044 and the water footprint standard ISO 14046. He is joined by new vice-chair Dr Nydia Suppen-Reynaga and new secretary Mr. Jean-Charles Michaud. Currently, the SC5 is preparing for an update of LCA standards ISO 14040 and 14044. If you would like to contribute to this work, from a New Zealand perspective, contact Sarah McLaren (m) 021423178.

Tool calculates building’s energy efficiency through first 60 years of life

A new modelling platform can create scenarios designed to show the environmental impact of retrofitted buildings. It also helps calculate the expected reductions in energy consumption and the related costs of refurbishing. Read more here.

Business case for sustainability in banking

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a not-for-profit organisation representing a network of the world’s leading values-based banks, released an updated research report reinforcing the business case for the growing values-based banking movement. The data is clear: making the business case for sustainability-focused banking is compelling. So why aren’t all banks adopting this model? Download the report.

Indonesian LCA Network launches its e-journal

IJoLCAS (Indonesian Journal of Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability) is a peer-reviewed journal covering studies in the areas of LCA and closely related methods to assess sustainability. It aims to support global sustainable development with emphasize on the cases of Indonesia, Asia, and surrounding regions. The first issue of IJoLCAS is now available for download here.

Climate leadership among trends shaping 2017

2016 was a year of profound global change, rife with protectionism, populism, and political and economic instability, whose far-reaching effects pose a potential threat to the further advancement of the sustainability agenda. Think tank SustainAbility has released its 2017 trend report, which highlights 10 issues that are expected to have the greatest influence over sustainability in the upcoming year. View the report here.

Setting the gold standard for sustainability

Toronto-Based clean energy magazine, Corporate Knights has released its 2017 Annual Global 100, which identifies companies that have scored exceptionally well based on specific sustainability and diversity KPIs. The results were presented recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Read more.

Using LCA to study food production-related emissions

The projected rise in food-related greenhouse gas emissions could seriously impede efforts to limit global warming to acceptable levels. Despite that, food production and consumption have long been excluded from climate policies. The recently published paper Mitigation Potential and Global Health Impacts from Emissions Pricing of Food Commodities discusses ideas to mitigate risk associated with food production. Access the paper here.

thinkstep announces upgrade to LCI Databases

thinkstep, a global leader in sustainability performance management software, data and services, recently announced the availability of its GaBi Databases 2017 Edition, the latest update to the world’s leading Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Data. The newly-released product extends coverage to include regionalization of water assessment data, land use flows and quantities, hazardous and municipal waste treatment datasets, electricity and fuel data for more countries and regions worldwide, EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and a wide range of new industry association data. Read the full press release.

Upcoming Events

SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meet
7-11 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium
SETAC Europe Brussels is a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. You cannot miss this event if you are interested in emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry. More information

LCM 2017 conference
3-6 September 2017, Luxembourg
The focus of LCM 2017 will be on practical solutions for the implementation of life cycle approaches into strategic and operational decision-making; whether at the stage of methodology development, tools and methods experimentation, or LCM-driven success stories as market innovations. Session proposals following a “value chain” approach, i.e. combining relevant stakeholders and actors, are particularly welcomed. More information

World Resources Forum 2017
24-25 October 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
Two years after two historic global agreements were established – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – leaders and other change agents in government, business, research and NGOs will come to Switzerland, host of the United Nations, to talk about how to accelerate the revolution. More information

Avnir Conference 7th Edition
8-9 November 2017, Lille, France
This event brings together businesses, decision-makers, public authorities, researchers and consultants around Life Cycle Thinking for new business models. More information

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